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Sultanetta; Ammalat Beg

Ammalat Bey

roman/novel, pub:1859, action:1828

    Ammalat Bek translated from Marlinski by T. B. Shaw

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    "Here is Sultanetta's marriage gift"

From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     A Russian story adapted, and much improved, by Dumas from Bestuchef.
     A story of Daghestan, period 1828.
     Bestuchef's "Ammalat Beg" had been translated into French before Dumas treated it, by General Yermoloff, in 1835. This may have accounted for the alteration of the title by Lévy.
     It first appeared serially in "Le Moniteur Universel" during 1859.
     As "Ammalat Beg," the Original edition is Paris, Cadot, 2 vols., 8vo., 1859.
     The title was changed to "Sultanetta" on its appearance in the "Œuvres Complètes" in 1862 (Lévy), where it now forms one volume.
     In Le Vasseur's "Alexandre Dumas Illustré" it is part of Vol. XX.

         References :—
     Parran: "Bibliographie d'Alexandre Dumas," page 68.
     Glinel: "Alex. Dumas et Son Œuvre," page 447.
     "Academy," November 25th and December 2nd, 1899.
     "Outlook," June 3rd and 17th, 1899.

         English Translations :—
     "Sultanetta" and "The Ball of Snow" (as "Tales of the Caucasus"); London, Dent, 1 vol., illustrated, 1895. Reprinted, same firm (with the inclusion of "The Black Tulip"), 1906 and 1927.
     In 1899 it was announced that two new stories from Dumas' pen were about to appear in English translation. The MS., entirely in Dumas' handwriting, had been discovered by a Greek gentleman. On being submitted to the heirs of the author and to his publishers, it was declared to be undoubtedly genuine and unpublished. It appeared as "Ammalat Bey" and "The Snow on Shah-Dagh" (see next page). Immediately these stories were pointed out by Mr. R. S. Garnett as being included already in the standard Calmann-Lévy series, and as having, moreover, been translated in J. M. Dent's issue. In the present case they were published : London, Simpkin Marshall, 2 facsimiles, 1 vol., pp. xiv., 480, 1899.
     "Sultanetta" (with "The Snowball"); London, Methuen, sewed, 1903. Another edition, same firm, with coloured plates by F. Adams, cloth, 1904.

From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     (CCLXIII.) Chapter VI., seven four-line stanzas, rhyming alternately.
     (CCLXIV.) Chapter VII., six irregular stanzas, with a couplet as chorus, totalling fifty-two lines.
     (CCLXV.) Chapter VIII., twelve lines.

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