Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs
Late of the Tallapoosa Volunteers; Together with Taking the Census and Other Alabama Sketches
A series of sketches written in part to parody some the campaign literature of the era
Originally published in 1845, Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs is a series of sketches written in part to parody some the campaign literature of the era. The character, Simon Suggs, with his motto, “it is good to be shifty in a new country,” fully incarnates a backwoods version of the national archetypes now know as the confidence man, the grafter, the professional flim-flam artist supremely skilled in the arts by which a man gets along in the world. This classic volume of good humor is set in the rough-and-tumble world of frontier life and politics.
“Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs is one of the best-known texts among scholars and general readers of American fiction. Literarily, it is an acknowledged classic of the vibrant tradition of Southwestern humor. Historically, it is definitive as a document of life on the rumbustious Southwest frontier, the great 19th-century proving ground of Jacksonian democracy.”
—Philip D. Beidler, The University of Alabama