Frederick Law Olmsted
sketched the South
of the mid-nineteenth century more vividly than did the sons of the soil.
There was no real literary public in the South
for a native writer like Simms
He was as dependent upon New York and the Northern
market as a Virginian tobacco-planter of 1740 had been upon London
But within a dozen years after the close of the War
and culminating in the eighteen-nineties, there came a rich and varied harvest of Southern writing, notably in the field of fiction.
The public for these stories, it is true, was still largely in the North and West, and it was the magazines and publishing-houses of New York and Boston
that gave the Southern
authors their chief stimulus and support.
It was one of the happy proofs of the solidarity of the new nation.
The romance of the Spanish
civilization of New Orleans, as revealed in Mr. Cable
's fascinating Old Creole days
, was recognized, not as something merely provincial in its significance, but as contributing to the infinitely variegated pattern of our national life.
, Joel Chandler Harris
, and Thomas Nelson Page portrayed in verse and prose the humorous, pathetic, unique traits of the Southern
negro, a type hitherto