Alexandre Dumas, père Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Alexandre Dumas, père Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Alexandre Dumas, père, arrived at the novel indirectly, through the theater and an apprenticeship with history and chronicles. By the time he turned to the novel in the style of Sir Walter Scott, then intensely popular in France, he had already dealt with historical subjects in his plays and had explored the Hundred Years’ War, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic era in his chronicles. Indeed, one can follow French history from the Middle Ages, though rather incompletely, up to the nineteenth century through Dumas’s novels. His most successful cycles are set in the sixteenth century (especially the reign of the Valois), the seventeenth (especially the periods of Richelieu and Cardinal Mazarin), and the French...

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