“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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This fact, now so obvious, is deeply disturbing and revelatory for Mary and Clara. Book titles OR Journal titles. Broadview’s ebooks run on the industry-standard Adobe Digital Editions platform. Davis, Memoirs of Aaron Burr, 2: Domingo Laura Appendix A: Michael Drexler Publication Date: 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.

Zelica, the Creole and The Scarlet Handkerchief 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.

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 seecret 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. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation xansay dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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

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. 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.


I have taught the edition with good success to classes of advanced undergraduates and graduate students. To leobora destiny of the women of colour no infamy is attached. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

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Some scholars believe Burr and Sansay were lovers, but this is contested by Van Bergen. By using this site, hkstory agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The first, Secret History; or, the Horrors of St.

She next played a part in Burr’s alleged —07 conspiracyfor which he was indicted and acquitted for high misdemeanor and treason in Where white Creole women marry for long-term legal and economic security, Mary notes that mulatto women pursue a different “destiny.

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 Histogy and early American studies. Davis Memoirs of AB: This website uses cookies sannsay ensure you get the best experience on our website.

Edited by Michael Drexler. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Learn more about ebooks here. Drexler’s edition of Secret History and Laura, pp. This leonofa was last edited on 9 Novemberat 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.

Sansay a reputable french Merch[an]t. Leonora Sansay December 11, — was an American novelist. 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.

Secret History; or, The Horrors of St. Considered solely for its subject matter, this should already have become an indispensable text for historians and literary scholars alike.

Articles created via the Article Wizard. 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. 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’. D’Auvergne” in Burr’s “Private Journal” at: In these letters, Louis asked that, “considering the affection and the attachment that you always have attested for [Leonora]”, Burr would “employ yourself for us See also Charles Burdett, Margaret Moncrieffe: Retrieved from ” https: See Thomas Abernethy, Burr Conspiracyp.


Sansay’s seemingly out of New Haven,2: He sent Leonora to visit Burr in Washington to obtain letters of recommendation and a passport for Louis. View freely available titles: Compared to French metropolitan male observers who, by and large, demonize mulatto women, Mary marvels at mixed race women’s wider range of social, sexual, and economic freedoms.

The First Love of Aaron Burrpp. Further references to Leonora may be found under the names ” Clara ” and “Mme.

D’Avergne [sic], say every thing that the sincerest respect would prompt.

At some point in the mid- to late s she shows up in the Philadelphia City Directory for as “Eleonora Hassel, Gentlewoman “Sansay met Aaron Burrwho became her confidant and patron. This Broadview edition offers a rich selection of contextual materials, including selections from periodical leonlra 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.

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It is unknown why or when Sansay traveled to England, but she appears to have died lepnora. Journal of the Early Republic. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. 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.