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11.03.08 : Simms, William Gilmore, Paddy McGann, or The Demon of the Swamp, published in 1863

William Gilmore Simms’s, Paddy McGann, or the Demon of the Swamp, was first published  in 1863.   One of his  most interesting works appeared  in a magazine during the War to Prevent Southern Independence  and did not achieve  book form until 1972.   The tale of fantasy and satire concerns a rugged South Carolina riverboat captain, Paddy McGann.  By some freak of weather Paddy ends up in Manhattan.  His rollicking experiences allow Simms to portray New York society and literary pretensions in an unflattering light.  The book is now online.  See also  20.00.05.