Helen Halsey, or The Swamp State of Conelachita: A Tale of the Borders
by William Gilmore Simms
edited by John Caldwell Guilds
University of Arkansas Press, 1998
Cloth: 978-1-55728-514-0 | eISBN: 978-1-61075-182-7
Library of Congress Classification PS2848.H3 1998
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.54

In this novelette, William Gilmore Simms records one of the awful realities of America's early frontier, that of women trapped in ill-fated marriages. Forced into a union with her lover, Helen Halsey is exploited and victimized in a domestic situation from which there is no release.Utilizing the compression of the short novel form, Simms weaves elaborate plot lines of violence, romance, and intrigue to create a fast-moving, action-packed tale of an America just beginning its search for identity, justice, and spiritual truth. Edgar Allan Poe said of Simms that "in invention, in vigor, in movement, in the power of exciting interest, and in the artistical arrangement of his themes," he surpassed "any of his countrymen."

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