Shannon Selin

About me

Shannon Selin is the author of Napoleon in America (January 2014), which imagines what might have happened if Napoleon Bonaparte had escaped from exile on St. Helena and wound up in the United States in 1821. Her short stories have appeared in The Copperfield Review and CommuterLit. Shannon blogs about Napoleonic and 19th century history at She lives in Vancouver, Canada, where she is working on the next novel in her Napoleon series.

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Henry Clay, a perfect original

Henry Clay by John Neagle, 1842Named one of the greatest senators in US history (by a committee chaired by John F. Kennedy), Henry Clay was a formidable 19th century American politician. He served as Speaker of the House of Representatives longer than anyone else in the 1800s. Though he never…

Charles & Delia Stewart: An ill-assorted match

Captain Charles Stewart by Thomas Sully, 1811-1812Among the guests at Napoleon’s Point Breeze birthday party in Napoleon in America are Commodore Charles Stewart and his wife Delia, neighbours of Napoleon’s brother Joseph. Stewart was a national hero – the commander of the USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) during the War of…

10 Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes in Context

Having looked at 10 things Napoleon never said, here are 10 Napoleon Bonaparte quotes that are often taken out of context. Considering the circumstances in which Napoleon said them may put a different spin on them. Note that all of these quotes have variants, depending on how the French was…

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