“Michael J. Drexler’s splendidly documented, richly contextualized edition of Leonora Sansay’s Secret History and Laura is indispensable to anyone studying the. The opening sentence of Leonora Sansay’s epistolary novel, Secret History: during the early years of the Haitian Revolution.1 As a “secret history,” the novel. In this splendid edition, Michael Drexler republishes two strange and important narratives by the Philadelphia-based author Leonora Sansay. The first, Secret.

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Rosa and William Hassel had two children of their own, Sansay’s half-siblings, Mary born November 12, and William born December 24, Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Domingo Laura Appendix A: Eventually Sansay made her way to Jamaica and back to Philadelphia. She next played a part in Burr’s alleged —07 conspiracyfor which he was indicted and acquitted for high misdemeanor and treason in If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: He goes on to argue that the complex itinerary of the narrative—which pursues its female protagonists from Philadelphia to Saint Domingue, Cuba, and Jamaica and back to Philadelphia—must be integral to any reading. sansat

While recent criticism has debated the appropriate generic label for Sansay’s extraordinarily slippery text as well as its place within the archive of materials on the Haitian Revolution, there has been relatively little work contextualizing Sansay’s comparative assessments of various classes of women in Saint-Domingue. Broadview’s ebooks run on the industry-standard Adobe Digital Editions platform.


With its meticulous secrey, clear and insightful introduction, and invaluable appendices, this new edition seret go a long way toward placing these texts in the prominent light they deserve.

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This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Sansay a reputable french Merch[an]t. Incidentally, it was Mary who has often been mistakenly credited with the authorship of Secret History and Laura the mistake derives from the name of the author-character of Secret History, also named Mary.

They describe the final days of French rule on the island. I have taught the edition with good success to classes of advanced undergraduates and graduate students.

Van Horne and Lee W. This edition places issues of Atlantic leoonra slavery, republican revolution, colonialism, and gender relations squarely at the center of early American literature and culture and makes readily available texts that will become required reading in the fields of Atlantic and early American studies. Sansay’s seemingly out of To put it simply, they discover the profound truth that there is more than one way to be a woman. Leonora returned to Louis and the couple embarked for Haiti in late May or early June.

She set up a flower manufacturing business with the help of Eric Bollman. Learn more about ebooks here.


Studies in American Fiction. Zelica, the Creole and The Scarlet Handkerchief A notation on the flyleaf of an original edition of Secret History in the Library Company ihstory Philadelphiareads partly accurate, partly inaccurate: The third novel, A Stranger in Mexicois promoted, though no copies have been found. Sansay makes periodic appearances in Burr’s correspondence, though the vast majority of these letters have been lost.

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Indeed, while both narratives deserve far more scholarly attention than they yet have received, the relative neglect of Secret Historyin particular, in the two centuries since its publication, is as worthy of remark as the text itself. It is unknown why or when Sansay traveled to England, but she appears to have died there. Finally, as an author, Sansay revolutionizes our expectations about the shapes of women’s stories and how those stories, in turn, shape women’s lives.

Burr shared her letters with Jeremy Bentham while in exile in Europe after his acquittal. Further references to Leonora may be found under the names ” Clara ” and “Mme. After departing Haiti, Leonora and Louis lived for a time in Cuba.