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Veil of fear [electronic resource] : nineteenth-century convent tales by Rebecca Reed and Maria Monk /
[edited, with an] introduction by Nancy Lusignan Schultz.
imprint
West Lafayette, Ind. : NotaBell Books, c1999.
description
xxxiii, 186, xvii, 137 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
155753134X (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
West Lafayette, Ind. : NotaBell Books, c1999.
isbn
155753134X (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8530840
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Nancy Lusignan Schultz is a professor of English at Salem State College, Salem, Massachusetts. She has published articles on Harriet Beecher Stowe and captivity narratives, and is writing a book about the 1834 Charlestown, Massachusetts, convent burning.
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Reference & Research Book News, February 2000
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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.
Unpaid Annotation
Rebecca Reed and Maria Monk may not be well-known authors today, but these former nuns 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 a half million copies.Reed escaped from an Ursiline 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.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. vii
Six Months in a Convent, or, the Narrative of Rebecca Theresa Reed
Preliminary Suggestions for Candid Readersp. 3
Six Months in a Conventp. 49
Awful Disclosures of the Hotel Dieu Nunnery
Prefacep. xv
Early Recollectionsp. 1
Congregational Nunneryp. 6
Black Nunneryp. 9
Displeased with the Conventp. 16
Received Confirmationp. 20
Taking the Veilp. 22
Daily Ceremoniesp. 29
Description of Apartmentsp. 35
Nuns with Similar Namesp. 46
Manufacture of Breadp. 52
Alarming Order from the Superiorp. 59
Description of the Room of the Three Statesp. 65
Jane Ray's Tricks Continuedp. 72
Influencing Novicesp. 86
Frequency of the Priests' Visitsp. 94
Treatment of Young Infantsp. 99
Disappearance of Nunsp. 105
The Punishment of the Capp. 117
More Visits to the Imprisoned Nunsp. 123
Conclusionp. 132
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