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Nouvelles impressions de voyage: Midi de la France

voyage/travel, pub:1841

Dumas' travels from 1834 to 1836 in the south of France, Sicily and the south of Italy are chronicled in the five volumes:
    Nouvelles impressions de voyage: Midi de la France
    Une année à Florence
    Le Speronare
    Le Capitaine Aréna
    Le Corricolo

Also contains the story Chasse au chastre.


Liens/Links
    "Dumas in Italy", a review of Souvenirs de Voyage en Italie
    Le midi de la France II (PDF)


Images (voyez tous/view all)
    Costumes of the Bourbonnais
    Scene in a Southern Cabaret


From Reviews (ADR) by Arthur D. Rypinski:
     In 1834, Alexandre Dumas began publishing his enormously successful Impressions de Voyage: En Suisse. Possibly buoyed by the success of this work, he set off again, in October 1834, on a second trip. He would be absent from France for two years (1834-1836). His travels would take him through the South of France, one Firenze (Florence), Rome, Naples, and Sicily. The trip would eventually yield five travel books, of which the first, Nouvelles Impressions de Voyage: Midi de la France, would appear in 1841, some seven years after the events it described.
     From internal evidence in the book it would appear that Dumas didn't write Midi de la France until 1840 or so. This delay perhaps robbed the book of some of the freshness and personal anecdote which usually characterized Dumas' travel writing. By way of compensation, it contains an extra helping of history, particularly classical history, inspired by the many Roman ruins that Dumas and his party visited.
     Dumas' itinerary took him from Paris to the palace at Fontainebleau (which inspired an anecdote of the abdication of Napoleon, thence to Cosne (a story about man who murders his family), then to Bourbon-Archembault, and then to Lyon. Dumas' visit to Lyon is the occasion for an extended account of the execution of Cinq-Mars by the order of Louis XIII. From Lyon, Dumas continued south to Vienna, Valence, Orange, and then to Avignon. At Avignon, Dumas recounts the assassination of his god-father, Maréchal Brune, in 1815. Dumas continues to Aigues-Mortes, Arles, and then to Marseilles. At Marseilles, Dumas describes the capture of the city by the forces of Henri IV in 1595.
     Dumas concludes the book with a short story, La Maison Phenicienne, (which he attributes to a manuscript found in an old chest, but slyly suggests was actually written by Méry), a pocket-size historical romance of the 1595 fall of Marseilles.
     This may seem like a lot to cram between the covers of a single book, but there are actually many more locales, and many more stories, than the few highlights listed above.


From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     Dumas' travels through the south of France. He departed on the 15th of October, 1834, with Jadin the painter and Mylord the bulldog. This work ends abruptly at Marseilles, with the inserted story of "La Chasse au Chastre" (see page 134). It is followed by "Une Année à Florence," "Le Speronare," "Le Capitaine Arena," and "Le Corricolo."
     Original edition : Paris, Dumont, 1841, 3 vols., 8vo., with printed cover reproducing the title-page.
     Another edition was also published in three small volumes (14½ by 9½ c.m.). Paris, Ozanne, 1841.
     Fills two volumes in the standard Calmann-Lévy edition, and one in their " Musée Littéraire."
     It forms part of Vol. XXI. in Le Vasseur's "Alexandre Dumas Illustré."

         English Translations :—
     "Pictures of Travel in the South of France" ; London, Ingram ("National Illustrated Library"), post 8vo., with 50 engravings on wood, pp. xvi., 301. It seems almost certain that the first issue of this was by 1851.

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