Anna Hanson Dorsey

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Anna Hanson Dorsey (born at Georgetown, District of Columbia, U.S., 1815; died at Washington, 26 December 1896) was an American novelist and writer. A convert to Catholicism in 1840, she was a pioneer of Catholic literature in the United States.

Pope Leo XIII twice sent her his benediction, and the University of Notre Dame conferred upon her the Lætare medal.


  • "The Student of Blenheim Forest" (1847);
  • "Flowers of Love of Memory";
  • "The Sister of Charity" (1850);
  • "Guy, the Leper";
  • "Tears on the Diadem";
  • "Tale of the White and Red Roses";
  • "Woodreve Manor";
  • "Conscience, or the Trials of May Brooke";
  • "Oriental Pearl; or, the Catholic Immigrants" (1868);
  • "Coaina, the Rose of the Algonquins" (1867);
  • "The Flemings";
  • "Nora Brady's Vow" (1869);
  • "The Mad Penitent of Todi" (n.d.)
  • "Mona, the Vestal";
  • "The Old Gray Rosary";
  • "Tangled Paths";
  • "The Old House at Glenarra";
  • "Adrift";
  • "Ada's Trust";
  • "Beth's Promise";
  • "The Heiress of Carrigmona";
  • "Warp and Woof";
  • "The Palms".


She was the daughter of the Rev. William McKenney, a chaplain in the United States Navy, and Chloe Ann Lanigan McKenney. In 1837 she married Lorenzo Dorsey.



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