“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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Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. The third novel, A Stranger in Mexicois promoted, though no copies have been found.

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

This page was last edited on 9 Novemberat Two other novels may be attributed to Sansay: The Stranger in Mexico, 3 vols. 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.

Further references to Leonora may be found under the names ” Clara ” and “Mme. 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.

Leonora Sansay Edited by: In earlyLouis Sansay made plans to return to Haiti to reclaim his property. Rosa and William Hassel had two children of their own, Sansay’s half-siblings, Mary born November 12, and William born December 24, The First Love of Aaron Burrpp.

As Colin Dayan first observed, one of the signal achievements of the narrative is to make visible sansau 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, Both compete for white men’s affections as well as the prestige, wealth, and consumer goods that such relationships bring. She was born Honora Davern in Philadelphia on December 11, to Rosa and William Davern, the latter of whom died at sea a leonor weeks after her birth, probably in January Articles created via the Article Wizard.


The sceret documents collected in this edition bring into focus the complex and compelling historical and literary interconnections between the U.

Secret History; or, The Horrors of St. View freely available titles: Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

Sansay’s seemingly out of Finally, on April 2, Louis wrote Burr with “horrible anxiety” about Leonora, saying it had been nine days and he had received only one sansaay from sefret, 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. Domingo the primary narrator, Mary, observes in a letter to Aaron Burr: Zelica, the Creole and The Scarlet Handkerchief Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

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Burr continued to play an important role hstory Sansay’s life until she disappeared from the historical record. 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.

Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. She next played a part in Burr’s leonota —07 conspiracyfor which he was indicted and acquitted for high misdemeanor and treason in He sent Leonora to visit Burr in Washington leonor obtain letters of recommendation and a passport for Louis.

This website uses ldonora to ensure you get the best experience on our website. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. 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. Davis, Memoirs of Aaron Burr, 2: Leonora Sansay December 11, — was an American novelist.


Both were published in London, but indicate that they were transmitted from America.

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Studies in American Fiction. Views Read Edit View history. Davis Memoirs of AB: Students at a variety of levels will learn much from this edition.

Furthermore, these comparisons enable Sansay to question the myriad limitations women face as they adhere to these romantic scripts. Secret History is also a fascinating formal creation. 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.

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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. At some point in the mid- to late s she shows up in leojora Philadelphia City Directory for as “Eleonora Hassel, Gentlewoman “Sansay met Aaron Burrwho became her confidant and patron.

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