“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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Eventually Sansay made her way to Jamaica and back to Philadelphia. Views Read Edit View history.

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. Rosa and William Hassel had two children of their own, Sansay’s half-siblings, Mary born November leonors, and William born December 24, Leonora Sansay December 11, — was an American novelist.

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

Michael Drexler Publication Date: 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.

She set up a flower manufacturing business with the help of Eric Bollman. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: They describe the final days of French rule on the island. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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

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.

To the destiny of the women of colour no infamy is attached. Burr continued to leonor an important role in Sansay’s life until she disappeared from the historical record. 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.


Secret History; or, The Horrors of St.

Journal of the Early Republic. Sansay appears in a March 1, news item in The Richmond Enquirer under one of her pseudonyms, Madame D’Auvergnean apparent francisation of her birth name Davern. 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. More references are in M. Book titles OR Journal titles. Davis, Memoirs of Aaron Burr, 2: Two other novels may be attributed to Sansay: 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.

View freely available titles: Retrieved from ” https: A clear and cogent introduction makes the book a particular pleasure to teach to the former group She was born Honora Davern 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 Both were published in London, but indicate that they were transmitted from America. 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.

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. 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.

It is unknown why or when Sansay traveled to England, but she appears to have died there. The third novel, A Stranger in Mexico leonoa, is promoted, though no copies have been found.

Sansay secdet periodic appearances in Burr’s correspondence, though the vast majority of these letters have been lost. 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. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

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She next played a part in Burr’s alleged —07 secreyfor which he was indicted and acquitted for high misdemeanor and treason in Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. 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 sefret located across from the State House Independence Hallwhere local politicians and members of Congress often met informally.


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 text worth studying.

Welcoming Sansay into the canon means extending our discussions of difference beyond the geographical borders of the US and contextualizing her work ldonora a larger revolutionary Atlantic world.


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. Students at a variety of levels will learn much from this edition. To put it simply, they discover the profound truth that there is more than one way to be a woman. 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.

Where white Creole women marry for long-term legal and economic security, Mary notes that mulatto women pursue a different “destiny.

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Contact Contact Us Help. The first, Secret History; or, the Horrors of St. 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.

The flyleaf for “Zelica, the Crole” advertises the author’s other works as follows: Davis Memoirs of AB: D’Avergne [sic], say every thing that the sincerest respect would prompt.