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La Comtesse de Charny

The Countess de Charny, Andrée de Taverney, The Mesmerist's Victim

roman/novel, pub:1853-1855, action:1789-1794

Revolution and execution of Louis XVI.

This book is the fourth 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.


Liens/Links
    Dumas' introduction to La Comtesse de Charny


Oeuvres/Related Works
    The Countess de Charny - New York, P. F. Collier & Son, n.d., The Works of Alexandre Dumas in Thirty Volumes (vol. 10), blue cloth, gilt spine


Images (voyez tous/view all)
    "'Yes, Monsieur,' said he, 'I am the King!'"
    "Brothers, a new assembly is to be convened in Paris."
    Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
    The Princess de Lamballe


From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     The sequel to "Ange Pitou," and the final work of the series "Mémoires d'un Médecin." It was written in exile at Brussels, after the rupture with Maquet. Here Dumas worked wholly alone, though he drew much inspiration from Michelet's "Histoire de la Révolution."
     In this work Dumas gives us more actual history as such than is usual in his romances ; it is however very spiritedly told. The story of Pitou and Catherine, of Charny and Andrée, comes to its well-round conclusion, and leaves no need nor any real wish for a further sequel, and so well has this been felt that no effort in this direction has been attempted by other hands any more than by Dumas himself.
     The period is 1789-94, and historically the work closes with the execution of Louis XVI
     Dumas prefaces it with one of his amusing "chats," in which he explains how "Ange Pitou" came to its abrupt end.
     Cadot advertised it as never having been issued serially.
     Original edition : Paris, Cadot, 19 vols., 8vo., 1853-55.
     Brussels edition : Méline, Cans et Cie., 17 vols., 12mo., 1852-55, which therefore entitles this to the claim of being the real original edition.
     First illustrated edition: Paris, Dufour et Mulat, 2 vols., large 8vo., with 64 engravings, 1858.
     It now fills six volumes in the standard Calmann-Lévy edition, five in their illustrated series and one in the "Musée Littéraire."
     In Le Vasseur's "Alexandre Dumas Illustré" it forms part of Vol. VI.

         References :—
     Dumas: Causeries in "Le Mousquetaire" for January 1st and September 30th, 1854.
     Parran: "Bibliographie d'Alex. Dumas," page 61.
     Glinel: "Alex. Dumas et Son Œuvre," page 430.
     Michelet: "Histoire de la Revolution."
     Carpenter: "Why Dumas' Novels Last," in the "Forum," June, 1899.
     Grierson: "Parisian Portraits : Alex. Dumas."

         Principal English Translations :—
     N.B.—All English translations of this work, with the single exception of that issued by Dent, which is complete, are fearfully curtailed as regards its beginning, and wholly omit its later portions.
     In two parts: "The Countess de Charny" and "Andrée de Taverney;" Philadelphia, Peterson Bros., 1858.
     "The Countess de Charny;" London, Lea, 1860.
     "The Countess de Charny;" London, Clarke, 1.861.
     "The Countess de Charny;" London, Routledge, 186—. Reprinted from Lea's edition, with a new title-page; it has been frequently reprinted, and is now in the "Aramis Edition."
     "The Countess de Charny;" London, Collins, 18mo., illustrated, 1917. A reprint of Routledge's edition.
     "The Countess de Charny;" London, Dent, cr. 8vo., illustrated, 4 vols.. 1894. Reprinted, same firm, but in 3 vols., 1906 and 1926.


From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     (CLXXIX.) Chapter XLII., 32 lines of song. arranged as one stanza.
     (CLXXX.) Chapter XLII., six irregular stanzas, in all totalling 47 lines.

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