Antoinette de Mirecourt or Secret Marrying and Secret Sorrowing

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Dec 15, 1989 - Literary Criticism - 335 pages
A moral exemplum about courtship and marriage, this "essentially Canadian" tale, which takes place in the 1760s, reflects its author's profound and sometimes disturbing knowledge of the bicultural and bilingual society in which she lived.

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About the author (1989)

Rosanna Leprohon was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1829. She attended the Convent of the Congregation, at that time the best school for young women in the city.
When she was seventeen, her first poems appeared in "The Literary Garland (Montreal), where, over the next five years, she published an additional sixteen poems, one story, and five serialized novels, all set in England.
In 1851, she married Dr. Jean-Lukin Leprohon and moved to Saint Charles on the Richilieu River. In the subsequent two decades she bore thirteen children, five of whom died in infancy. In 1855 the family returned to Montreal, her home for the rest of her life.
Despite the demands of a young family, she continued to publish poems and stories in many Canadian and American newspapers in "The Pilot (Boston) from 1853 to 1862. She resumed her writing of full-length fiction in 1859 when the first of her Canadian novels, "The Manor House of de Villerai," was serialized in the Montreal "Family Herald. Her second Canadian novel, "Antoinette de Mirecourt; or, "Secret Marrying and Secret Sorrowing (1864), the finest novel of the nineteenth century to deal with English-French relations in Canada, was followed by "Armand Durand; or, "A Promise Fulfilled (1868).
Rosanna Leprohon died in Montreal, Quebec, in 1879.

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