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Alexandre Dumas Proofs


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Alexandre Dumas, also known as Alexandre Dumas père, was a French writer. Prolific in several genres, Dumas began his career by writing plays. After the election of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte in 1851, Dumas fell from favour and left France for Belgium, where he stayed for several years before moving to Russia and then Italy. He returned to Paris in 1864.


Alexandre Dumas fils was a French author and playwright. He was the son of Alexandre Dumas père, who was also a well-known playwright and author. Dumas fils' work dominated the serious French stage for most of the second half of the 19th century.

Consists of hand-corrected proofs of Alexandre Dumas père's play, La Jeunesse de Louis XIV, comédie en 5 actes. The proofs are pages of the printed text of Théâtre Complet D'Alex Dumas by Michel Lévy pasted onto paper, with extensive annotations and additions made by Alexandre Dumas fils for a separate edition published in 1874. The revisions include large cuts, rewrites, new passages, and a different structure. Although the play was performed and published in 1854 in Brussels, it wasn't until Dumas fils' revised version that the play was performed in Paris.

Purchased from Bernard Quaritch Ltd in 2020 (AM 2021-23).

This collection was processed by Amy C. Vo in December 2021. Finding aid written by Amy C. Vo in December 2021.

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