“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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Articles created via the Article Wizard. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars secrett.

Both compete for white men’s affections as well as the prestige, wealth, and consumer goods that such relationships bring.

Sansay’s seemingly out of Where white Creole women marry for long-term legal and economic security, Mary notes that mulatto women pursue a different “destiny. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Students at a variety of levels will learn much from this edition. Broadview’s ebooks run on the industry-standard Adobe Digital Editions platform.

New Haven,2: It is unknown why or when Sansay traveled to England, but she appears to have died there. D’Avergne [sic], say every thing that the sincerest respect would prompt.

Secret History; or, The Horrors of St. Domingo and Laura

Secrte Sansay Edited by: While this attention to romance may strike some readers as a distraction from the real business of describing “the horrors” of economic, political, and racial turmoil in early nineteenth-century Saint-Domingue, Mary and Clara’s focus on women’s sexual lives is, I would argue, precisely what makes this histiry worth studying. Michael Drexler Publication Date: Leonora Sansay December 11, — was an American novelist. Both were published in London, but indicate that they were transmitted from America.


Many of them are extremely beautiful; and, being destined from their birth to a life of pleasure, they are taught to heighten the power of their charms by all historry aids of art.

Learn more about ebooks here. The republication of these works will contribute to a significant revision sevret thinking about early American literary history. These appendices alone constitute a repository of materials that will offer scholars and students everything needed for an interdisciplinary course on romance and race—with Haiti as rightful progenitor and ancestor spirit.

To the destiny of the women of colour no infamy is attached. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. The flyleaf for “Zelica, the Crole” advertises the author’s other works as follows: Considered solely for its subject matter, this should already have become an indispensable text for historians and literary scholars alike. Burr continued to play an important role in Sansay’s life until sannsay disappeared from the historical record.

In earlyLouis Sansay made plans to return to Haiti to reclaim his property. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it sedret.

The reprinting of Leonora Sansay’s Secret History testifies to an increasing critical interest in early American prose fiction’s generic complexities; it also marks a wider scope for the study of early American literature. Studies in American Fiction. Davis Memoirs of AB: See Thomas Abernethy, Burr Conspiracyp. 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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. June 11, ISBN: Contact Contact Us Help. Van Horne and Lee W. In this splendid edition, Michael Drexler republishes two strange and important narratives by the Philadelphia-based author Leonora Sansay.


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They describe the final days of French rule on the island. With its meticulous editing, clear and insightful introduction, and invaluable appendices, this new edition will go a long way toward placing these texts in the prominent light they deserve.

Welcoming Sansay into the canon means extending our discussions of difference beyond the geographical borders of the US and contextualizing her work within a larger revolutionary Atlantic world. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Sansay a reputable french Merch[an]t. The historical documents collected in this edition bring into focus the complex and compelling historical and literary interconnections between the U.

Finally, on April 2, Louis wrote Burr with “horrible anxiety” about Leonora, saying it had been nine days and he had received only one letter from her, claiming he feared she was ill, but contradicting himself by charging her with “flightineses and fickleness” and claiming “I tremble that her intention is to abandon me.

This fact, now so obvious, is deeply disturbing and revelatory for Mary and Clara. Madame Sansay will sail with her husband for St. 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.

The Stranger in Mexico, 3 vols. Leonra titles OR Journal titles. Views Read Edit View history. I have taught the edition with good success to classes of advanced undergraduates and graduate students.

Secret History; or, The Horrors of St.