“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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Leonora Sansay December 11, — was an American novelist. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Domingo I believe the Cape in a few Days — She is the Lady of whom you may have heard me speak under the Name of Leonora, married about two years ago to Mr.

The third novel, A Stranger in Mexicois promoted, though no copies have been found.

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. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: She set up a flower manufacturing business with the help of Eric Bollman.

The republication of these works will contribute to a significant revision of thinking about early American literary history. Journal of the Early Republic. Views Read Edit View history. 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’.

Burr continued to play an important role in Sansay’s life until she disappeared from the historical record. It is unknown why or when Sansay traveled to England, but she appears to have died there. Sansay appears histort a March 1, news item in The Richmond Enquirer under one of her pseudonyms, Madame D’Auvergnean apparent francisation of her birth name Davern.

Edited by Michael Drexler. 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 lsonora of Secret History, also named Mary.


The historical documents collected in this edition bring into focus the complex and compelling historical and literary interconnections between the U. Each subsequent letter after Louis’ first one manifested increasing anxiety on his part about Leonora.

Further references to Leonora may be found under the names ” Clara ” and “Mme. 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. Subscribe To Our Newsletter Name. 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.

D’Auvergne” in Burr’s “Private Journal” at: Drexler’s edition of Secret History and Laura, pp. 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.

More references are in M. 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 the aids of art.

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New Haven,2: Learn more about ebooks here. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Madame Sansay will sail with her husband for St. Holy Experiment that Sansay was “mysterious and will remain mysterious,” adding “Discreet historians have abandoned her in despair on the principles that if you ignore something it won’t bite you” p.

Sansay a reputable french Merch[an]t. This page was last edited on 9 Novemberat Students at a variety of levels will learn much from this edition. Davis, Memoirs of Aaron Burr, 2: On Valentine’s Dayher mother married a Philadelphia innkeeper named William Hassel sometimes Hassal ; Sansay’s stepfather maintained Hassal’s Tavern or The Half Moon — a generic name for an English pubwhich was located across from the State House Independence Hallwhere local politicians and members of Congress often met informally.


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.

Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Domingo Laura Appendix A: After departing Haiti, Leonora and Louis lived for a time in Cuba.

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

Both were published in London, but indicate that they were transmitted from America. To put it simply, they discover the profound truth that there is more than one ldonora to be a woman. She was born Honora Lwonora in Philadelphia on December 11, to Rosa and William Davern, the latter of whom died at sea a few weeks after her birth, probably in January This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Moreover, as Mary and Clara query the differences between Caribbean and US women’s romantic lives, they grasp the arbitrary nature of gender power and gender performance.

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Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. What Mary describes here and throughout her letters is that even as mulatto and white Creole women compete with one another, the romantic relationships they form with white men are quite distinct.

To the destiny of the women of colour no infamy is attached. I have taught the edition with good success to classes of advanced undergraduates and graduate hiztory. Where white Creole sscret marry for long-term legal and economic security, Mary notes that mulatto women pursue a different “destiny. Leonora returned to Louis and the couple embarked for Haiti in late May or early June. Leonora Sansay Edited by: