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Alexandre Dumas, père, (1802-1870) was one of the most famous French writers of the 19th century. Dumas is best known for historical adventure novels like The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, both written within the space of two years, 1844-45, and which belong to the foundation works of popular culture. He was among the first, along with Honoré de Balzac and Eugène Sue, who fully used the possibilities of roman feuilleton, the serial novel. Dumas is credited with revitalizing the historical novel in France, although his abilities as a writer were under dispute from the beginning. Dumas' works are fast-paced adventure tales that blend history and fiction, but on the other hand, the are entangled, melodramatic, and actually not faithful to the historical facts.
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Thank you for reminding us of Dumas.
I actually like 'The Count of Monte Christo.'


Alexandre Dumas père wrote stories and historical chronicles of high adventure that captured the imagination of the French public who eagerly waited to purchase the continuing sagas. A few of these works are:

Charles VII at the Homes of His Great Vassals (Charles VII chez ses grands vassaux), drama, adapted for the opera The Saracen by Russian composer César Cui
The Fencing Master (Le maître d'armes, 1840)
The Nutcracker (1844): a revision of Hoffmann's story, later adapted by Tchaikovsky as a ballet
the D'Artagnan Romances:
The Three Musketeers (Les Trois Mousquetaires, 1844)
Twenty Years After (Vingt Ans Après, 1845)
The Vicomte de Bragelonne (Le Vicomte de Bragelonne, ou Dix ans plus tard, 1847): when published in English it was usually split into three parts "The Vicomte de Bragelonne", "Louise de la Valliere" and "The Man in the Iron Mask", of which the last part is the most known.
The Count of Monte Cristo (Le Comte de Monte-Cristo, 1845–1846)
The Regent's Daughter (1845)
The Two Dianas (1846)
the Valois romances
Queen Margot (1845)
La Dame de Monsoreau (1846)
The Forty-Five Guardsmen (1847)
the Marie Antoinette romances:
Le Chevalier de Maison-Rouge (1845) (a.k.a. The Knight of the Red House, or The Knight of Maison-Rouge)
Joseph Balsamo (1846–1848) (a.k.a. "Memoirs of a Physician", "Cagliostro", "Madame Dubarry", "The Countess Dubarry", or "The Elixir of Life")
The Queen's Necklace (1849–1850)
Ange Pitou (1853) (a.k.a. "Storming the Bastille", or "Six Years Later")
The Countess de Charny (1853–1855) (a.k.a. "Andrée de Taverney", or "The Mesmerist's Victim")
The Black Tulip (La Tulipe noire, 1850)
The Wolf-Leader (Le Meneur de loups, 1857)
The Gold Thieves (after 1857): a play that was lost but rediscovered by the Canadian Reginald Hamel researcher in the Bibliothèque nationale de France in 2004
The Knight of Sainte-Hermine (Le Chevalier de Sainte-Hermine, 1869): the novel was his last major work and was lost until its rediscovery by Claude Schopp was announced in 2005

Non Fiction

Impressions de voyage: En Suisse (Travel Impressions: In Switzerland , 1834)
Une Année à Florence (A Year in Florence , 1841)
De Paris à Cadix (From Paris to Cadiz , 1847)
Le Caucase (The Caucasus, 1859)
Impressions de voyage: En Russie (Travel Impressions: In Russia . 1860).


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Thank you Gisele and Sue.
I was not really familiar with Dumas.

Nothing succeeds like success.

Alexandre Dumas

Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit.

Alexandre Dumas

Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.

Alexandre Dumas
Thank you Sue and Vicky for your replies and for helping me post this topic.

I have to admit that Sue helped me to post. I am having trouble with one of my eyes and things look a bit blurry.

I have been fond of Dumas' stories and many of the films that they mad about his weritings.

I hope you have a chance to read some of his books Vicky, especially the novels, they are quite a lot of fun to read.


Until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is summed up in these two words,--'Wait and hope'.
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
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I love The Count of Monte Cristo.
I have read the book, seen seval film versions and a play.

Edmond: Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.

Abbe Faria: Here is your final lesson: do not commit the crime for which you now serve the sentence.

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