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Histoire de mes betes by Alexandre Dumas
  

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Histoire de mes betes by Alexandre Dumas

Originally published in 1920 as part of the Cambridge Plain Texts series, this volume contains a selection of seven chapters from Histoire de mes betes by Alexandre Dumas. All of the selected chapters are related to one of Dumas' dogs, a Scottish Pointer named Pritchard. The text is presented in French with a short editorial introduction in English. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the works of Dumas.

About the Author

Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas was born in the town of Villers-Cotterêts, in France, on the 24th July, 1802, the son of a general. In 1822 he moved to Paris where his relationship with a dressmaker resulted in the birth of an illegitimate son. Dumas was working as a scribe in the Palais Royal for the duc d’Orléans and had begun to write. On the 11th February, 1829 his Henry III and His Court was a huge success. Over the next ten years Dumas wrote many plays including Antony (1831) and La Tour The Tower of Nesle (1832). During this period he had also become involved in the July Revolution of 1830 as a republican partisan. In 1832 he left France for a tour of Switzerland, producing a travelogue while away.

In 1840 Dumas had a short-lived marriage to the actress Ida Ferrier (they separated in 1846), which did not stop his liaisons with other women or his extravagant lifestyle. Two years later Dumas (in collaboration with Auguste Maquet) serialised Le Chavlier d’Harmental in Le Siècle – the first of a series of historical romances. The two men worked together for some years, publishing many books which were serialised in the Parisian papers. It was during this period that Dumas wrote the d’Artagnan trilogy. However, his greatest success was The Count of Monte Cristo which was serialised between 1844 and 1845.

After taking on the Théâtre Historique (1847), which failed, Dumas faced bankruptcy and fled temporarily to Belgium. This was followed by four years in Naples working for the cause of Italian independence. In 1864 he returned to Paris and later began a flamboyant affair with a young American actress, Ada Menken. His last play, The Whites and the Blues opened in 1869. On the 5th December, 1870 Dumas said of death: ‘I shall tell her a story and she will be kind to me’. He died shortly afterwards near Dieppe, the author of more than three hundred volumes of novels, travel books, memoirs and plays.

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Book Info

Publication date

11th January 2013

Author

Alexandre Dumas

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Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Format

Paperback
74 pages

Categories

Literary studies: general

ISBN

9781107697119

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