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Veil of Fear : Nineteenth Century Convent Tales - Nancy Lusignan Schultz

Veil of Fear

Nineteenth Century Convent Tales

By: Nancy Lusignan Schultz (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9781557531346
Number Of Pages: 137

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Rebecca Reed and Maria Monk may not be well-known authors today, but these women were publishing sensations in nineteenth-century America. Their lurid tales of life in two North American convents, one in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and the other in Montreal, Canada, sold more than one-half million copies. Reed escaped from the Ursuline convent in Charlestown in 1832. Her dramatic renditions of Roman Catholic ritual practice helped spark a night of violence that resulted in the convent being burned to the ground by an angry mob. Reed's published narrative, Six Months in a Convent, appeared just as the trials of the rioters were ending in 1835, and became an instant literary success. Monk's supporters capitalized on the lucrative market in anti-Catholic literature, by bringing out the pseudo-pornographic Awful Disclosures of the Hotel Dieu Nunnery in 1836. Monk, who claimed her infant daughter had been fathered by a Catholic priest, was in fact a Montreal prostitute rather than a nun. She enjoyed the life of a literary star in New York before her hoax was uncovered. These two narratives are now available for the first time in a single paperback edition. Nancy Lusignan Schultz's introduction provides a fascinating glimpse into the history, development, and marketing of these phenomenal best-sellers. The convent tales by Reed and Monk are classics that must be read by those interested in American studies, popular culture, social and religious history, literature, and women's studies.

ISBN: 9781557531346
ISBN-10: 155753134X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 137
Published: 1st September 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.47  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.6