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The Black Count : glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo

Author: Tom Reiss
Publisher: London : Harvill Secker, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Who was the real Count of Monte Cristo? In this extraordinary biography, Tom Reiss traces the almost unbelievable life of the man who inspired not only Monte Cristo, but all three of the Musketeers: the novelist's own father. Born in St Dominigue in 1762, the son of a French nobleman and a sugar plantation slave, General Alexandre Dumas did not have an auspicious start in life. Things got worse when his father sold  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Military history
Named Person: Thomas Alexandre Dumas; Alexandre Dumas; Alexandre Dumas; Thomas Alexandre Dumas
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Reiss
ISBN: 9781846556623 1846556627 9781846556616 1846556619 9781448130115 1448130115
OCLC Number: 810904889
Description: ix, 414 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue, part 1 : February 26, 1807 --
Prologue, part 2 : January 25, 2007 --
Sugar factory --
Black Code --
Norman Conquest --
"No one is a slave in France" --
Americans in Paris --
Black Count in the City of Light --
Queen's dragoon --
Summers of revolution --
"Regeneration by blood" --
"The black heart also beats for liberty" --
"Mr. Humanity" --
Battle for the top of the world --
Bottom of the Revolution --
Siege --
Black Devil --
Leader of the expedition --
"The delirium of his Republicanism" --
Dreams on fire --
Prisoner of the Holy Faith Army --
"Citizeness Dumas --
is worried about the fate of her husband" --
Dungeon --
Wait and hope --
Forgotten statue.
Responsibility: Tom Reiss.

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Traces the almost unbelievable life of the man who inspired not only Monte Cristo, but all three of the Musketeers: the novelist's own father.  Read more...

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"A highly enjoyable mingling of scholarship and sleuthing." Paul Theroux "A wonderous tale, beautifully told...mesmerising, poignant and almost incredible." New York Times

 
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