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Don Juan de Marana ou la chute d'un ange

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Mystery in five acts.


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    Étienne Mélingue - As the Angel of Evil in "Don Juan de Marana"


From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     (LX.) Act I., Tab. I., Sc. i.—This consists entirely of eighty Alexandrines, spoken by the Good and Bad Angels.
     (LXI.) Act I., Tab. I., Sc. vii.—Eight six-line stanzas, rhyming a, a, b, c, c, b, but with the lines in different verses not always of equal length. They are spoken alternately by the Good and Bad Angels.
     (LXII.) Act II., Tab. II., Sc. vi.—Three six-line stanzas, not quite uniform, but all rhyming a, a, b, c, c, b. All are spoken by the Good Angel.
     Three similar stanzas, the counterpart of the former in arrangement and rhyming scheme, spoken by the Bad Angel.
     (LXIII.) Act IV., Tab. VII., Sc. iii.—Seventeen lines of interrupted verses spoken by Marthe.
     (LXIV.) Act V., Tab. VIII., Sc. i.—Twenty lines, rhyming alternately, spoken by an angel.
     (LXV.) Act V., Tab. IX., Sc. ii.—Three ten-line stanzas, rhyming a, b, a, b, c, c, d, e, e, d. These are spoken by the Bad Angel.


From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     A mystery in five acts and nine tableaux, in prose and verse, with music by M. Piccini.
     No one has accused Dumas of having had any collaborator for this piece—which is something to note ! It is true that he has been stated to have borrowed from Mérimée, but in all probability he used all such legends of Don Juan as were known to him. In any case, as almost always, the work bears the firm impress of his hand, even if perhaps not at its best. An early draft of the play in the Reed Dumas Collection has numerous alterations, some in Dumas' hand, while the fifth act differs greatly, especially the final tableau, in which Don Juan dies unrepentant.
     First performed at the Porte Saint Martin Théâtre on the 30th of April, 1836. The scenery on this occasion was the production of MM. Ciceri, Nolau, Devoir and Pourchet.
     Original edition : Paris, Marchant, 1836, 8vo., pp. 308 (according to Quérard and Glinel) ; pp. 303 (if we follow Parran).
     Reprinted in 1836, in the "Magasin Théâtral" ; Paris, Marchant, large 8vo. of two columns, pp. 36.
     Also in this same year, 1836, it was included in Vol. VI. of Charpentier's edition of the plays.
     A fine etching of Act I., Tab. I., Scene ii., by Célestin Nanteuil, was published in the "Monde Dramatique," and reproduced in Champfleury's "Vignettes Romantiques" (1883).
     This play may now be read in Vol. III. of the 15 Vol. edition, and in Vol. V. of that in 25 Vols. issued by Calmann-Lévy.

         References :—
     Dumas: "Mes Mémoires," Chapter CXXV.
     Parigot: "Le Drame d'Alexandre Dumas," p. 99, etc.
     Blaze de Bury: "Alexandre Dumas," pp. 32, 34-35 and 36.
     Courmeaux: "Alexandre Dumas," p. 27.
     Glinel: "Alexandre Dumas et Son (Euvre," pp. 338-340.
     Parran: "Bibliographie d'A. Dumas," p. 26.
     Quérard: "Supercheries Littéraires Dévoilées," Vol. I., Columns 1067-1068.
     "Don Juan de Marana, ou la Chute d'un Ange .. ." Raconté par Robert Macaire et Bertrand; a drama in ten tableaux. Paris, Bezou, 1836, 8vo., pp. 36.
     Thackeray: "The Paris Sketch Book."

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