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The Black Count : glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo

Author: Tom Reiss; David Lindroth Inc.
Publisher: New York : Crown Trade, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The real-life protagonist of The Black Count, General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today yet with a story that is strikingly familiar, because his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used it to create some of the best loved heroes of literature. Yet, hidden behind these swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret: the real hero was the son of a black slave -- who rose higher in the white world  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Military history
Named Person: Thomas Alexandre Dumas; Alexandre Dumas; Thomas Alexandre Dumas; Alexandre Dumas; Alexandre Dumas; Thomas Alexandre Dumas; Thomas Alexandre Dumas; Alexandre Dumas
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Reiss; David Lindroth Inc.
ISBN: 9780307382467 030738246X
OCLC Number: 793503467
Notes: UNC Charlotte Libraries notes:
Book 1 -- Chapter 1 The Sugar Factory 23 -- Chapter 2 The Black Code 34 -- Chapter 3 Norman Conquest 47 -- Chapter 4 "No One Is a Slave in France" 58 -- Chapter 5 Americans in Paris 71 -- Chapter 6 Black Count in the City of Light 80 -- Chapter 7 A Queen's Dragoon 89 -- Book 2 -- Chapter 8 Summers of Revolution 107 -- Chapter 9 "Regeneration by Blood" 121 -- Chapter 10 "The Black Heart Also Beats for Liberty" 131 -- Chapter 11 "Mr. Humanity" 146 -- Chapter 12 The Battle for the Top of the World 160 -- Chapter 13 The Bottom of the Revolution 175 -- Chapter 14 The Siege 189 -- Chapter 15 The Black Devil 207 -- Book 3 -- Chapter 16 Leader of the Expedition 217 -- Chapter 17 "The Delirium of His Republicanism" 238 -- Chapter 18 Dreams on Fire 255 -- Chapter 19 Prisoner of the Holy Faith Army 264 -- Chapter 20 "Citizeness Dumas ... Is Worried About the Fate of Her Husband" 281 -- Chapter 21 The Dungeon 290 -- Chapter 22 Wait and Hope 304.
Explores the life and career of Thomas Alexandre Dumas, a man almost unknown today, but whose swashbuckling exploits appear in The three musketeers and whose trials and triumphs inspired The count of Monte Cristo.
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Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography Winner, 2013
Description: ix, 414 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue, part 1: February 26, 1806 --
Prologue, part 2: January 25, 2007 --
The sugar factory --
The Black Code --
Norman Conquest --
"No one is a slave in France" --
Americans in Paris --
Black Count in the City of Light --
A queen's dragoon --
Summers of revolution --
"Regeneration by blood" --
"The black heart also beats for liberty" --
"Mr. Humanity" --
The battle for the top of the world --
The bottom of the Revolution --
The siege --
The Black Devil --
Leader of the expedition --
"The delirium of his republicanism" --
Dreams on fire --
Prisoner of the Holy Faith Army --
"Citizeness Dumas ... is worried about the fate of her husband" --
The dungeon --
Wait and hope --
The forgotten statue.
Responsibility: Tom Reiss ; [maps by David Lindroth Inc.].
Local System Bib Number:
.b32612849

Abstract:

The real-life protagonist of The Black Count, General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today yet with a story that is strikingly familiar, because his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used it to create some of the best loved heroes of literature. Yet, hidden behind these swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret: the real hero was the son of a black slave -- who rose higher in the white world than any man of his race would before our own time. Born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), Alex Dumas was briefly sold into bondage but made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. Enlisting as a private, he rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution in an audacious campaign across Europe and the Middle East -- until he met an implacable enemy he could not defeat.
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