Other Literary Forms

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Most of the works of Alexandre Dumas, fils, were published in the late nineteenth century by Calmann-Levy. In addition to his theatrical works, Dumas wrote twelve novels, two of which, La Dame aux camélias (1848; Camille, 1857) and Diane de Lys (1851), he later dramatized. The others are prosaic and pretentious, including the best known and most successful, L’Affaire Clémenceau: Mémoire de l’accusé (1866; The Clemenceau Case, 1890), a sort of autobiographical roman à thèse in which the author, at length, attacks societal prejudices against illegitimate children. In his later years, Dumas was himself embarrassed by his youthful prolixity and withdrew most of the novels from publication. As a result of restrictions in his will, almost none of Dumas’s correspondence has been published.