“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 – Wikipedia

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View freely available titles: 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 Hiistory literature.

He sent Leonora to visit Burr in Washington to obtain letters of recommendation and a passport for Louis.

Leonora Sansay

Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, hiistory scholars worldwide. 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 sanay worth studying.


Compared to French metropolitan male observers who, by and large, demonize mulatto women, Mary marvels at leonota race women’s wider range of social, sexual, and economic freedoms.

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. Both compete for white men’s affections as well as the prestige, wealth, and consumer goods that such relationships bring. Madame Sansay will sail with her husband secrwt St. The appendices gather together for the first time letters between Sansay and Aaron Burr, as well as news reports of the Haitian Revolution in the U.

Leonora Sansay Edited by: 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. Michael Drexler Publication Date: Van Horne and Lee W.

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

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Each subsequent letter after Louis’ first one manifested increasing anxiety on his part about Leonora. Articles created via the Article Wizard. A notation on the flyleaf of an original edition of Secret History in the Library Company of Philadelphiareads partly accurate, partly inaccurate: Subscribe To Our Newsletter Name.

Both were published in London, but indicate that they were transmitted from America. Sansay appears in a March 1, news item in The Richmond Enquirer under one of her pseudonyms, Madame D’Auvergnean apparent leonra of her birth name Davern.

As Colin Dayan first observed, one of the signal achievements of the narrative is to make visible the tight interconnectedness within a Caribbean slave society between social and sexual rivalry in the so-called domestic sphere and the more visible and public conflict for military and political control Haiti, History, and the GodsBerkeley, CA, 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: Leonora returned to Louis and the couple embarked for Haiti in late May or early June. A clear and cogent introduction makes the book a particular pleasure to teach to the former group From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Furthermore, these comparisons enable Sansay to question the myriad limitations women face as they adhere to these romantic scripts.

Rosa and William Hassel had two children of escret own, Sansay’s half-siblings, Mary born November 12, and William born December 24, This Broadview edition offers a rich selection of contextual materials, including selections from periodical literature about Haiti, engravings, letters written by Sansay to her friend Aaron Burr, historical material related to the Burr trial for treason, and excerpts from literature referenced in the novels.

This edition places issues of Atlantic race 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. Domingo the primary narrator, Mary, observes in a letter to Aaron Burr: Two other novels may be attributed to Sansay: