Alexandre Dumas: Père His Life and Works

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A. Constable & Company, Limited, 1902 - 426 pages
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Page 335 - Lave written and published twelve hundred volumes. It is not for me to appreciate them in a literary point of view. Translated into all languages, they have been as far as steam could carry them. Although I am the least worthy of the three, these volumes have made me, in the five parts of the world, the most popular of the three ; perhaps because one is a thinker, the other a dreamer...
Page 335 - ... Dumas must have formed a, strange notion of the young ladies of the noble faubourg to suppose that they could sit out a representation of ' Antony' or ' Angele ' without a blush. After recapitulating the misdeeds of the imperial censorship and the enormous losses he had sustained, he concludes : ' I appeal, then, for the first time, and probably for the last, to the prince whose hand I had the honour to clasp at Arenenberg, at Ham, and at the Elysee, and who, having found me in the character...
Page 300 - Receive it as a testimony of friendship which has, survived exile, and will, I hope, survive death itself.
Page 232 - ... vis entrer attirée par ma suggestion. Elle semblait endormie. En galant homme, je la reconduisis chez elle trois nuits de suite en lui faisant remarquer que tout a une fin ; et ma foi ! quand elle vint pour la quatrième, je ne la reconduisis plus...
Page 262 - I carry with me wherever I go — I don't know how it is, but it is so — an atmosphere of life and stir which has become proverbial.
Page 20 - ... halt would be necessary to change horses. Dumas, of course, was among the foremost. He saw the three carriages dash up : he saw the Emperor in the second, sitting well back in the right-hand corner, dressed in green uniform with white facings and wearing the star of the Legion of Honour, his face sallow and his head drooping slightly forward. Beside him sat his brother Jerome, opposite to them an aide-de-camp. Roused by the stoppage, Napoleon looked sharply up and asked, " Where are we ? " Being...
Page 67 - ... dramatic poet; and I had come to recognise that in the world of the theatre everything emanates from Shakespeare, as in the real world all emanates from the sun — Shakespeare, to whom none other can be compared, and who, coming before all the others, still remains as tragical as Corneille, as comical as Moliere, as original as Calderon, as philosophic as Goethe, as impassioned as Schiller.
Page 21 - Waterloo, he attributes the French overthrow to Destiny or Providence embodied in the forms of Wellington and...
Page 383 - ... go further in a study of the man whose career has been outlined in these pages would only be to encroach on those private opinions which all may form for themselves, and which the majority have long since formed. That he was a great man in any proper sense of the term it would be silly to maintain : except for increasing the already ample means of relaxation he did nothing to benefit humanity at large, and to individuals his personal example can hardly have been other than harmful.
Page 306 - Dumas, you ask me for my opinion about your paper. I have opinions on things human but not on miracles : you are superhuman. The world has sought perpetual motion : you have done better — you have created perpetual amazement. Farewell, may you live — that is, may you write ! I am here to read.

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