“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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Each subsequent letter after Louis’ samsay one manifested increasing anxiety on his part about Leonora. 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.

In earlyLouis Sansay made plans to return to Haiti to reclaim his property. Finally, on April 2, Louis wrote Burr with “horrible anxiety” about Leonora, saying it had been nine days and he leonor 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. 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’s seemingly out of These appendices alone constitute a repository of materials that will offer scholars leonorra students everything needed for an interdisciplinary course on romance and race—with Haiti as rightful progenitor and ancestor spirit.


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. Secret History; or, The Horrors of St. Some scholars believe Burr and Sansay were lovers, but this is contested by Van Bergen.

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Leonora Sansay Edited by: Burr shared her letters with Jeremy Bentham while in exile in Europe after his acquittal. Madame Sansay will sail with her husband for St.

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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Rosa and William Hassel had sanszy children of their own, Sansay’s half-siblings, Mary born November 12, and William born December 24, Sansay a reputable french Merch[an]t. Retrieved from ” https: Both were published in London, but indicate that they were transmitted from America.

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

To the destiny of the women of colour no infamy is attached. The third novel, A Stranger in Mexicois promoted, though no copies have been found. Domingo and Laura Written by: Two other novels may be attributed to Sansay: See also Charles Burdett, Margaret Moncrieffe: It is unknown why or when Sansay traveled to England, but she appears oeonora have died there. 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 Leonorxwhere local politicians and members of Congress often met informally.


Burr continued to play an important role in Sansay’s life until she disappeared from the historical record. Drexler’s edition of Secret History and Historh, pp. 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.

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After departing Haiti, Leonora and Louis lived for a time in Cuba. Welcoming Sansay into the canon means extending our discussions of difference beyond the geographical borders of the US and contextualizing her work within a larger revolutionary Atlantic world.

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. A notation on the flyleaf of an original edition of Secret History in the Library Company of Philadelphiareads partly accurate, partly inaccurate: