. In A Touch of Fire, Duplessis`s first biography, Thomas Carr analyzes how, in peace and war, she withstood the instability of the colonial world dominated by the men of New France. Through a study of Duplessis`s correspondence, writings and The rich archives of Hetel-Dieu, Carr describes how she channelled the fire of her commitment to the hospital to promote her interests, preserve her history and inspire her sisters. Duplessis spoke of New France while she was writing for and about her institution. His administrative correspondence reveals his management successes and failures, and his private letters have reworked his friendship with a childhood Jansenist friend, Marie-Catherine Hecquet. Carr also immerses herself in her relationship with her sister Geneviéve Duplessis, who joined her in the cloister and became her executive and spiritual partner. The addition of Duplessis`s last letters gives a dramatic insight into the female experience of siege and the conquest of Quebec in 1759. A Touch of Fire examines the life and work of a business leader and lead author of early Canada. . .
. Marie-André Duplessis (1687-1760) led the Augustines to the Hôtel-Dieu in Quebec City – the oldest hospital in northern Mexico – where she was elected superior six times as a mother. Although she was often overshadowed by colonial nuns who became foundresses or saints, she was, in the last decades of the French regime, a bundle of strength and a woman who was knowledgeable about letters. She was rewarded with Canada`s first literary narrative, Canada`s first musical textbook and the first book by a Canadian woman, printed too heavily. Montreal, McGill-Queens UP, Jul 2020, 400 pages, 23 photos, ISBN 9780228000945 The life of a multi-talented colonial, hospital administrator and literary innovator.