Secret History by Leonora Sansay
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Secret History
By Leonora Sansay

Secret History

Or, the Horrors of St. Domingo and Laura

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Secret History by Leonora Sansay

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Based on Leonora Sansay's eyewitness accounts of the final days of French rule in Saint Domingue (Haiti), Secret History is a vivid account of race warfare and domestic violence. Sansay's writing provocatively draws comparisons between Saint Domingue during the Haitian Revolution and the postrevolutionary United States, while fluidly combining qualities of the eighteenth-century epistolary novel, colonial travel writing, and political analysis. Laura, Sansay's second novel, features as its protagonist a beautiful impoverished orphan who throws herself headlong into a secret marriage with a young medical student. When her husband dies in a duel in an effort to protect his wife's reputation, Laura finds herself once more alone in the world. The republication of these works will contribute to a significant revision of thinking about early American literary history. 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781551113463
ISBN-10: 1551113465
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 137mm x 18mm)
Pages: 319
Imprint: Broadview Press Ltd
Publisher: Broadview Press Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: Canada


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Author Biography - Leonora Sansay

Michael J. Drexler is an Assistant Professor of English at Bucknell University.

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