Swashbucklers & Fops
Rapier & Dagger ·
Dumas père, best known as the author of The Three
Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, ran a veritable
book-factory with the aid of researchers and assistants, churning out
hundreds of books, including historical novels, travel writings,
biographies, and children's books, and invented the genre of
The D'Artagnan Romances
The exact count of the D'Artagnan Romances depends on the edition you consult.
The canonical set is The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After,
and Vicomte de Bragelonne; the Vicomte is traditionally
published in three volumes as Vicomte de Bragelonne (sometimes
Ten Years Later), Louise de la
Vallière, and The Man in the Iron Mask, but a division into
four (with Ten Years Later following the Victomte) is not uncommon.
Oxford University Press offers the entire set, unabridged, in five
volumes as part of its World Classics series:
- The Three Musketeers, ISBN 0192827510
- Twenty Years After, ISBN 0192830740
- The Vicomte de Bragelonne, ISBN 0192823906
- Louise de la Vallière, ISBN 0192823892
- The Man in the Iron Mask, ISBN 0192827529
A Rare Find
on a Novel of Dumas's by Robert Louis Stevenson. This charming
essay on The Vicomte de Bragelonne is part of a collection
of Stevenson's essays on the Robert
Louis Stevenson Home Page, edited by Richard Drury
at the Università degli Studi di Bergamo.
All for One, and One for All!
The D'Artagnan romances in English, from the comprehensive Fireblade Coffee House Dumas page:
More novels by Dumas online:
The novels in French (New !) from Bibliothèque Dumas:
Romance and Reality
Gatien de Courtilz de Sandras and the Memoires of Monsieur D'Artagnan and
The Real D'Artagnan, short essays on the historical
Charles de Batz-Castelmore D'Artagnan at
Madame Bonancieux's Cavalier Page. New !
Cardinal Richelieu's Political Testament,
excerpts from An Account of the State of France in 1624 at Hanover College. New !
A Brief Biography
of Dumas. New URL.
another brief biography with a list of works, at the Books and Writers site
life and resurrection of Alexandre Dumas, an abstract
of an article from Smithsonian Magazine.
Alexandre Dumas, deux siècles
de littérature vivante, a website on Dumas and his
works from La Société des
amis d'Alexandre Dumas (in French, with English summaries).
Alexandre Dumas père,
a website maintained by C. Conrad Cady, in English and in French.
Notes on the Illustrations ·
28 February 2004