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Les Blancs et les Bleus

The Whites and the Blues; The First Republic; The Polish Spy; The Prussians on the Rhine + The 13th Vendémaire + The 18th Fructidor

roman/novel, pub:1867-1868, action:1793-1799

Prequel to Les Compagnons de Jéhu, drawn from the work of the historian Charles Nodier. Covers the terror, the Convention, the Directory, and the rise of Napoleon. Made into a play. Contains The Eighth Crusade.

    fiche bibliographique de Les Blancs et les Bleus

Oeuvres/Related Works
    The Whites and the Blues - New York, P. F. Collier & Son, n.d., The Works of Alexandre Dumas in Thirty Volumes (vol. 30), blue cloth, gilt spine
    The Whites and the Blues I - New York, P. F. Collier & Son, n.d., The Works of Alexandre Dumas (vol. 1), black embossed cloth, gilt spine
    The Whites and the Blues II - New York, P. F. Collier & Son, n.d., The Works of Alexandre Dumas (vol. 2), black embossed cloth, gilt spine

Images (voyez tous/view all)
    "What could have induced you to break your oaths?" asked Morgan.
    Battle of Dawendorf. Pichegru defeats an Austrian-French emigre army before Strasbourg, 1793.
    Charles Pichegru, republican general
    Eugène de Beauharnais
    Jean-Baptiste Kleber
    Lazare Hoche
    Moreau fought the vessels as he would have attacked a fortress, sending a regiment of hussars to board them.
    Napoléon, from an engraving by Mauduison
    Paul Francois Jean, Vicomte de Barras
    Roland had closed with one of the standard-bearers of one of the head chiefs.
    St. Just
    The grenadiers of the sixty-ninth brigade, led by Mailly, dashed at once into the breach.
    Title page from Les blancs et les bleus

From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     Though written later, this story is really a precedent to "Les Compagnons de Jéhu," and its second and third parts especially connect closely with it
     It bore the dedication: "Mon illustre ami et collaborateur Charles Nodier.—J'ai dit COLLABORATEUR parce que l'on se donnerait la peine d'en chercher un autre, et que ce serait peine perdue!—Alex. Dumas."—(My illustrious friend and collaborator, Charles Nodier. I say COLLABORATOR that people may not give themselves the trouble to seek for another, which would be lost effort!-—Alex. Dumas.")
     It consists of three distinct parts: "The Prussians on the Rhine," "The 13th Vendémiaire" and "The 18th Fructidor." The first deals with the Revolutionary wars and the incident of Euloge Schneider ; the second with Paris and the rise of Bonaparte ; the third with the Companions of Jéhu and the plots against the government. Period 1793-99.
     The first part ran through a journal named "Les Nouvelles" (not that referred to on page 412), with great success. Encouraged, Dumas wrote the two following parts, and also "La Huitième Croisade," which ran through "La Petite Presse."
     Original edition: Paris, Lévy, 3 vols., 1867-68.
     Now fills three volumes in the standard Calmann-Lévy edition.
     In Le Vasseur's "Alexandre Dumas Illustré" it is in Vol. XVI.

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