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[Picture - D'Artagnan by Dore] Alexandre 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 historical romance.

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

A Gossip 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.
Alexandre Dumas, another brief biography with a list of works, at the Books and Writers site in Finland.
The 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). New!
Alexandre Dumas père, a website maintained by C. Conrad Cady, in English and in French. New URL.

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28 February 2004