Secret History; Or, the Horrors of St. Domingo and Laura
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About the Author
Michael J. Drexler is an Assistant Professor of English at Bucknell University.
"Michael J. Drexler's splendidly documented, richly contextualized edition of Leonora Sansay's Secret History and Laura is indispensable to anyone studying the complexities of the Haitian Revolution, the conventions of gothic literature, and the history of the Americas. 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.S. press, observations by Charles Brockden Brown, memoirs by Condy Raguet, and paintings by Agostino Brunias. 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." -- Colin Dayan, Vanderbilt University, author of Haiti, History, and the Gods (1995)
"Michael J. Drexler's superb new edition of Secret History and Laura places two enormously significant literary works within easy reach of students and scholars. As Drexler's insightful introduction indicates, the cultural and political connections between the early U.S. republic and the Haitian Revolution have been overlooked by generations of scholars. 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. The historical documents collected in this edition bring into focus the complex and compelling historical and literary interconnections between the U.S. and Haiti at the moment when Haiti saw the first and only successful slave rebellion in the western hemisphere." -- Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Yale University