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My Memoirs

(1965)
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There is no real biography of Alexandre Dumas. Nobody has collected
and sifted all his correspondence, tracked his every movement, and
pursued him through newspapers and legal documents. Letters and other
papers (if they have been preserved) should be as abundant in the case
of Dumas as they are scanty in the case of Moliere. But they are left
to the dust of unsearched offices; and it is curious that in France
so little has been systematically written about her most popular if
not her greatest novelist. Many treatises on one or other point in
the life and work of Dumas exist, but there is nothing like Boswell's
_Johnson_ or Lockhart's _Scott._ The _Memoires_ by the novelist himself
cover only part of his career, _Les Enfances Dumas_; and they bear the
same resemblance to a serious conscientious autobiography as _Vingt
Ans Apres_ bears to Mr. Gardiner's _History of England._ They contain
facts, indeed, but facts beheld through the radiant prismatic fancy of
the author, who, if he had a good story to tell, dressed it up "with
a cocked hat and a sword," as was the manner of an earlier novelist.
The volumes of travel, and the delightful work on Dumas's domestic
menagerie, _Mes Betes_, also contain personal confessions, as does the
novel, _Ange Pitou_, with the _Causeries_, and other books. Fortunately
Dumas wrote most about his early life, and the early life of most
people is more interesting than the records of their later years.

In its limitation to his years of youth, the _Memoires_ of Dumas
resemble that equally delightful book, the long autobiographical
fragment by George Sand. Both may contain much _Dichtung_ as well as
_Wahrheit_: at least we see the youth of the great novelists as they
liked to see it themselves. The _Memoires_, with _Mes Betes_, possess
this advantage over most of the books, that the most crabbed critic
cannot say that Dumas did not write them himself. In these works,
certainly, he was unaided by Maquet or any other collaborator. They
are all his own, and the essential point of note is that they display
all the humour, the goodness of heart, the overflowing joy in life,
which make the charm of the novels. Here, unmixed, unadulterated, we
have that essence of Dumas with which he transfigured the tame "copy"
drawn up by Maquet and others under his direction. He told them where
to find their historical materials, he gave them the leading ideas
of the plot, told them how to block out the chapters, and then he
took these chapters and infused into them his own spirit, the spirit
which, in its pure shape, pervades every page of the _Memoires._ They
demonstrate that, while he received mechanical aid from collaborators,
took from their hands the dry bones of his romances, it was he who made
the dry bones live. He is now d'Artagnan, now Athos, now Gorenflot, now
Chicot,--all these and many other personages are mere aspects of the
immortal, the creative Alexandre.

    

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October 2015 : Hardback
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Title: My Memoirs
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas, Em Waller, Andrew Lang
ISBN: 1-345-73835-8 / 978-1-345-73835-3
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September 2015 : Hardback
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Title: My Memoirs
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas, Em Waller, Andrew Lang
ISBN: 1-341-70800-4 / 978-1-341-70800-8
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October 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: My Memoirs
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ISBN: 1-115-83147-X / 978-1-115-83147-5 (USA edition)
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October 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: My Memoirs
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October 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: My Memoirs
Author(s): Andrew Lang, Alexandre Dumas, Emily Mary Waller
ISBN: 1-115-83141-0 / 978-1-115-83141-3 (USA edition)
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October 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: My Memoirs
Author(s): Andrew Lang, Alexandre Dumas, Emily Mary Waller
ISBN: 1-115-83142-9 / 978-1-115-83142-0 (USA edition)
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May 1976 : USA Hardback
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Title: My Memoirs
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas
ISBN: 0-8371-8186-0 / 978-0-8371-8186-8 (USA edition)
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December 1965 : UK Hardback
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Title: My Memoirs
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas
ISBN: 0-7206-5695-8 / 978-0-7206-5695-4 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

September 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: My Memoirs (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas
ISBN: 1-331-49559-8 / 978-1-331-49559-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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September 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: My Memoirs, Vol. 3 (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas
ISBN: 1-331-26515-0 / 978-1-331-26515-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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September 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: My Memoirs, Vol. 6 (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas
ISBN: 1-331-03870-7 / 978-1-331-03870-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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January 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: My Memoirs
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas
ISBN: 1-313-89643-8 / 978-1-313-89643-6 (UK edition)
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February 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: My Memoirs (Volume 1 )
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas
ISBN: 1-235-69037-7 / 978-1-235-69037-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: General Books LLC
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September 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: My Memoirs
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas, Em Waller, Andrew Lang
ISBN: 1-179-69996-3 / 978-1-179-69996-7 (USA edition)
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: My memoirs
Author(s): Andrew Lang, Emily Mary Waller
ISBN: 1-171-57555-6 / 978-1-171-57555-9 (USA edition)
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: My memoirs
Author(s): Andrew Lang, Emily Mary Waller
ISBN: 1-177-26291-6 / 978-1-177-26291-0 (USA edition)
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July 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: My memoirs
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas, Emily Mary Waller, Andrew Lang
ISBN: 1-176-53081-X / 978-1-176-53081-2 (USA edition)
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July 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: My memoirs
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ISBN: 1-176-52860-2 / 978-1-176-52860-4 (USA edition)
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July 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: My memoirs
Author(s): Andrew Lang, Emily Mary Waller
ISBN: 1-176-52922-6 / 978-1-176-52922-9 (USA edition)
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July 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: My memoirs
Author(s): Andrew Lang, Emily Mary Waller
ISBN: 1-176-52874-2 / 978-1-176-52874-1 (USA edition)
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May 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: My memoirs Volume 3
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas, EM Waller
ISBN: 1-149-48002-5 / 978-1-149-48002-1 (USA edition)
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October 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: My Memoirs
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas
ISBN: 1-115-83149-6 / 978-1-115-83149-9 (USA edition)
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October 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: My Memoirs
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas
ISBN: 1-115-83152-6 / 978-1-115-83152-9 (USA edition)
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October 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: My Memoirs
Author(s): Andrew Lang, Alexandre Dumas
ISBN: 1-115-83145-3 / 978-1-115-83145-1 (USA edition)
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October 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: My Memoirs
Author(s): Andrew Lang, Alexandre Dumas
ISBN: 1-115-83146-1 / 978-1-115-83146-8 (USA edition)
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October 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: My Memoirs
Author(s): Andrew Lang, Alexandre Dumas, Emily Mary Waller
ISBN: 1-115-83144-5 / 978-1-115-83144-4 (USA edition)
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September 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: My Memoirs
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ISBN: 1-115-83150-X / 978-1-115-83150-5 (USA edition)
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July 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: My Memoirs: (V. 1) (1907-09)
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas
ISBN: 1-112-30511-4 / 978-1-112-30511-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Cornell University Library
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Kindle Editions

October 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: My Memoirs (1802 to 1833)
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas
Publisher: Library Of Alexandria
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August 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: My Memoirs (Mes Memoirs Book 1)
Author(s): ALEXANDRE DUMAS
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