Le site web Alexandre Dumas père The Alexandre Dumas père Web Site
The Alexandre Dumas père Web Site
Dumas|Oeuvres|Gens|Galerie|Liens Dumas|Works|People|Gallery|Links

Le Collier de la Reine

The Queen's Necklace

roman/novel, pub:1849-1850, action:1784-1785

Conspiracy by Comte Cagliostro to embarrass Marie Antoinette.

This book is the second in the "Marie Antoinette" series with:
    Mémoires d'un médecin: Joseph Balsamo
    Le collier de la reine
    Ange Pitou
    La Comtesse de Charny
    Le Chevalier de Maison Rouge
The series chronicles the decline of the French monarchy.

    fiche bibliographique de Le collier de la Reine

Oeuvres/Related Works
    The Queen's Necklace - New York, P. F. Collier & Son, n.d., The Works of Alexandre Dumas in Thirty Volumes (vol. 8), blue cloth, gilt spine

Images (voyez tous/view all)
    Cagliostro and Oliva
    The Queen's Necklace
    The Queens Necklace, Classics Illustrated #165 painted cover

From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     A sequel to the "Mémoires d'un Médecin," and the second of the "Marie-Antoinette Series."
     Written in collaboration with Auguste Maquet.
     The picturesque tragedy of the diamond necklace, so much written of, is here narrated in Dumas' best style. Period 1784-1785.
     In a brief introduction Dumas refers to the Revolution of 1848, just accomplished, and to his foretelling of it in 1832, in "Gaule et France." Interesting comparison might well be made with passages in the author's journal, "Le Mois." (See page 236.)
     The prologue is borrowed from La Harpe's "Prophétie de Cazotte," but Dumas has instilled into it a vast deal more spirit and life. It is curious to note that Bulwer Lytton also uses La Harpe's clever work, but with far less skill than the original possesses, in his "Zanoni."
     This is generally classed as the last of the most famous or "great" novels in which Maquet collaborated ; it is a very fine piece of work, and is usually considered to be a favourite with English readers. Certainly it moves steadily and uninterruptedly to its conclusion, and there are not too many threads to be followed.
     It first appeared as a feuilleton in "La Presse."
     Original edition: Paris, Cadot, II vols., 8vo., 1849-50.
     Vol.I.pp. 311    Vol.VII.pp. 311
     Vol.II.pp. 311    Vol.VIII.pp. 311
     Vol.III.pp. 303    Vol.IX.pp. 288
     Vol.IV.pp. 301    Vol.X.pp. 304
     Vol.V.pp. 319    Vol.XI.pp. 277
     Vol.VI.pp. 304      
     First illustrated edition : Paris, Dufour et Mulat, large 8vo., with 40 engravings, 1863.
     Paris, Louis Conard, de luxe edition of Dumas' choice works, 1923—, illustrations on wood designed by Fred-Money, engraved by Victor Dutertre, large 18mo. In this series "Le Collier de la Reine" fills three volumes.
     In the standard Calmann-Lévy edition it fills three volumes, one in their illustrated series, and one also in the "Musée Littéraire."
     In Le Vasseur's "Alexandre Dumas Illustré" it forms part of Vol. V.

         References :—
     Parran: "Bibliographie d'Alex. Dumas," page 57.
     Glinel: "Alexandre Dumas et Son Œuvre," pp. 422-23.
     La Harpe: "La Prophétie de Cazotte." (Often included among selections from the works of Gazette himself.)
     Sainte-Beuve: "Causeries du Lundi," article on "La Harpe— Anecdotes," November 17th, 1851.
     Funck-Brentano: "The Diamond Necklace."
     Funck-Brentano: "Cagliostro and Company."
     Cagliostro—refer under "Mémoires d'un Médecin," page 211.
     Carlyle: "Essay on the Necklace Affair."
     La Motte (Madame de) : "Mémoires Justificatives."

         Principal English Translations :—
     Harris ("First English Translations") gives the original rendering into English as 1849, but without any particulars. If this is correct, it seems that it was taken from the serial issue, from a copy of the MS. supplied by Dumas, or possibly from a Belgian pirated edition taken from the columns of "La Presse."
     "The Queen's Necklace; " London, "Parlour Library," Simms and Macintyre (later Hodgson), pp. 365, 1855.
     "The Queen's Necklace;" London, C. H. Clarke, 12mo., 1861.
     "The Queen's Necklace;" London, Routledge, 186—. Probably a reprint of the "Parlour Library" edition. This version has frequently been reprinted and is now included in the "Aramis Edition."
     "The Queen's Necklace;" London, Dent, 2 vols., cr. 8vo., illustrated, 1894. Reprinted, same firm, 1906 and 1926.
     "The Queen's Necklace;" London, Collins, 12mo., illustrated, pp. 379,1922.

From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     (CLXV.) Chant d'Artois, Chapter VI., ten lines, rhyming a, b, a, b, c, d, c, d, and two not rhyming.

Contactez-nous/Contact Us