Histoire de mes bêtes

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 24, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 74 pages
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Originally published in 1920 as part of the Cambridge Plain Texts series, this volume contains a selection of seven chapters from Histoire de mes bêtes 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.
 

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Contents

UN POINTER ÉCOSSAIS
1
COMMENT PRITCHARD PERD
12
LES DÉBUTS DE PRITCHARD
26
MON MEILLEUR DRAME ET
39
LA MORT DE PRITCHARD
49
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After an idle youth, Alexandre Dumas went to Paris and spent some years writing. A volume of short stories and some farces were his only productions until 1927, when his play Henri III (1829) became a success and made him famous. It was as a storyteller rather than a playwright, however, that Dumas gained enduring success. Perhaps the most broadly popular of French romantic novelists, Dumas published some 1,200 volumes during his lifetime. These were not all written by him, however, but were the works of a body of collaborators known as "Dumas & Co." Some of his best works were plagiarized. For example, The Three Musketeers (1844) was taken from the Memoirs of Artagnan by an eighteenth-century writer, and The Count of Monte Cristo (1845) from Penchet's A Diamond and a Vengeance. At the end of his life, drained of money and sapped by his work, Dumas left Paris and went to live at his son's villa, where he remained until his death.

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