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Veil of Fear: Nineteenth-Century Convent Tales
     

Veil of Fear: Nineteenth-Century Convent Tales

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by Maria Monk, Rebecca Reed, Nancy Lusignan Schultz
 

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ISBN-10: 155753134X

ISBN-13: 9781557531346

Pub. Date: 09/28/1999

Publisher: Purdue University Press

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.

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9781557531346
Publisher:
Purdue University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
137
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Veil of Fear: Nineteenth-Century Convent Tales 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Short and simple, this is nothing more than a semi-lurid collection of all your favorite 'hate the Catholic' stories. Every clechied horror story of anti-Catholic bigotry is put to good use. Required reading for every KKK member. All those with an IQ higher than 12, be fore-warned.