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Les Étoiles du Monde, Galerie Historique des Femmes de Tous les Temps et de Tous les Pays

non-fiction, pub:1858

A collection of three articles: Cléopâtre, Reine d'Égypte; Jeanne d'Arc; and Sapho.


From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     During this year Dumas contributed three articles to a miscellany entitled "Les Étoiles du Monde, Galerie Historique des Femmes de Tous les Temps et de Tous les Pays," a handsomely produced work, well printed on good paper, with a fine portrait plate to each article.
     Paris, Gamier Frères, 4to., pp. 340 and table of contents, heavy boards, leather back, gilt tooling and gilt edges, 1858.
     No one familiar with Dumas' style would doubt for a moment that these articles were wholly his.
     "Cléopâtre," as regards its first half, draws considerably on Dumas' "César" and "Octave Auguste" (see page 336), especially the latter. The second part is apparently fresh material, though possibly prepared for the never completed "Octave Auguste."
     "Jeanne d'Arc" is a fine little sketch. Dumas has drawn somewhat on his earlier effort, the "Chronique," written in 1842 (see page 143). Though this is much briefer, it is brighter and reveals a very human Jeanne.
     "Sapho," which included several pieces of Dumas' verse translation from the antique, first appeared in "Le Monte-Cristo" for January 7th, 1858.
     Otherwise these pieces have not been reprinted, and are consequently not found in the collected works.

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