Lieutenant Nun

Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World

by Catalina De Erauso

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  • 0807095664
  • 9780807070734
  • 9780807095669
One of the earliest known autobiographies by a woman, this is the extraordinary tale of Catalina de Erauso, who in 1599 escaped from a Basque convent dressed as a man and went on to live one of the most wildly fantastic lives of any woman in history. A soldier in the Spanish army, she traveled to Peru and Chile, became a gambler, and even mistakenly killed her own brother in a duel. During her lifetime she emerged as the adored folkloric hero of the Spanish-speaking world. This delightful translation of Catalina's own work introduces a new audience to her audacious escapades.

  • Beacon Press; February 2011
  • ISBN: 9780807095669
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  • Title: Lieutenant Nun
  • Author: Catalina De Erauso
  • Imprint: Beacon Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0807095664
  • 9780807070734
  • 9780807095669

In The Press

"A rollicking, swashbuckling tale."
—Los Angeles Times

"The frontier nun's rascally tale [is] a fascinating puzzle to decipher."
—Angeline Goreau, The New York Times Book Review

"A mesmerizing adventure!"
—Tama Janowitz

"[Catalina de Erauso] dared to steal the quest narrative from the roving men of her time and, miraculously, survived to tell the tale. An essential work for recovering the roots of women's autobiography and women's remaking of identity through encounters with otherness, not only in society but in the self."
—Ruth Behar, author of The Vulnerable Observer

"The Steptos' translation, without betraying the original, turns this memoir into compelling literature in English."
—Roberto González Echevarría, Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literatures, Yale University


About The Author

Catalina de Erauso was born in Spain in either 1585 or 1592, according to disputed records, and died in 1650. Raised and educated in a convent, de Erauso refused to conform to the strict nature of the environment and, disguising herself in men’s clothing, escaped in 1600. As a fugitive, she then traveled to various countries and joined the Chilean military, climbing the ranks. Her story is told in Lieutenant Nun: Memoirs of a Basque Transvestite, which was originally wrote or dictated, and eventually published, in Paris in 1829.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0807095664
  • 9780807070734
  • 9780807095669