The Black Tulip

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Alexandre Dumas's novels are notable for their suspense and excitement, their foul deeds, hairsbreadth escapes, and glorious victories. In The Black Tulip (1850), the shortest of Dumas's most famous tales, the real hero is no Musketeer, but a flower. The novel - a deceptively simple story - is set in Holland in 1672, and weaves the historical events surrounding the brutal murder of John de Witte and his brother Cornelius into a tale of romatic love. The novel is also a timeless political allegory in which Dumas, ...
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Alexandre Dumas's novels are notable for their suspense and excitement, their foul deeds, hairsbreadth escapes, and glorious victories. In The Black Tulip (1850), the shortest of Dumas's most famous tales, the real hero is no Musketeer, but a flower. The novel - a deceptively simple story - is set in Holland in 1672, and weaves the historical events surrounding the brutal murder of John de Witte and his brother Cornelius into a tale of romatic love. The novel is also a timeless political allegory in which Dumas, drawing on the violence and crimes of history, makes his case against tyranny and puts all his energies into creating a symbol of justice and tolerance: the fateful tulipa negra.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434495396
  • Publisher: Wildside Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/2007
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexandre Dumas (born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, 24 July 1802 - 5 December 1870), also known as Alexandre Dumas, père, was a French writer. His works have been translated into nearly 100 languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors. Many of his historical novels of high adventure, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later were originally published as serials. His novels have been adapted since the early twentieth century for nearly 200 films. Dumas' last novel, The Knight of Sainte-Hermine, unfinished at his death, was completed by a scholar and published in 2005, becoming a bestseller. It was published in English in 2008 as The Last Cavalier.

Prolific in several genres, Dumas began his career by writing plays, which were successfully produced from the first. He also wrote numerous magazine articles and travel books; his published works totaled 100,000 pages. In the 1840s, Dumas founded the Théâtre Historique in Paris.

Dumas' father (general Thomas-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie) was born in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti) to a French nobleman and an enslaved African woman. His father's aristocratic rank helped young Alexandre acquire work with Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans.

In the election of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte in 1851, Dumas fell from favor, and left France for Belgium, where he stayed for several years. Upon leaving Belgium, Dumas moved to Russia for a few years, before going to Italy. In 1861 he founded and published the newspaper, L' Indipendente, which supported the Italian unification effort. In 1864 he returned to Paris.

Though married, in the tradition of Frenchmen of higher social class, Dumas also had numerous affairs (allegedly as many as forty). He was known to have at least four illegitimate or "natural" children, including a boy named Alexandre Dumas after him. This son became a successful novelist and playwright, and was known as Alexandre Dumas, fils (son), while the elder Dumas became conventionally known in French as Alexandre Dumas, père (father). Among his affairs, in 1866 Dumas had one with Adah Isaacs Menken, an American actress then at the height of her career and less than half his age. Twentieth-century scholars have found that Dumas fathered another three "natural" children.

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  • Posted April 6, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Expected Much More

    When I was young I remember discovering a black tulip a mail order catalogue my mother routinely received. I could not imagine a black flower. Later I had an opportunity to spend time in Holland and fell in love with tulips. So, when Alexandre Dumas was the selected author for an author reading group I chose The Black Tulip since I knew most people would gravitate toward his more well known work. I was sorely disappointed.

    The Black Tulip contains components that typically I find enthralling. The story begins with the historical event of a lynch mob killing Cornelius and Johan DeWitt for reportedly colluding to have William, the Prince of Orange, assassinated. Cornelius' godson, Cornelius van Braele, is arrested as a conspirator. The evidence against van Braele is given by his jealous next door neighbor who does not want van Braele to succeed in producing a prized black tulip for which a hefty award has been promised by the Horticulture Society of Haarlem

    Why did I rank it so low? While, it is a real struggle to get past the first four chapters I prefer the beginning to the rest of the book. I found the majority of the story to be simplistic and superficial with two-dimensional characters. Secondly, there was an abundance of historical inaccuracies. I was not as hard on this book as I usually am on this aspect because I understand that research was much more arduous at this time than today and the translators do a decent job of pointing out the inaccuracies in the notes. Finally the obvious archetypes assigned to various characters were frustrating to me, making much of the story too predictable.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Witty and surprisingly fun

    Never having read Dumas prior to this, I was pleasantly surprised by the cheeky tone to the book. Amidst the general upbeat feel to the book, however, were a number of profound statements about human nature that made me stop and appreciate the truth for a moment, before continuing to read on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2008

    best thing i've read in a long time

    this was captivating and exciting. not to mention romantic. I couln't put this down. it took a time of tulipmania and made me wish that I could have witnessed it firsthand. Dumas was truely gifted.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

    Amazingly Fulfilling in 200 Pages

    Similar premise to my favorite book 'The Count of Monte Cristo', 'The Black Tulip' delivers a story of Murder, Envy, Love, and Triumph without disappointment. Halfway through the book I found myself staying up till 4:30 in the morning not able to put it down until I knew how it ended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2006

    Another example of excellent prose

    The more works of Dumas you read,the more you will recognize his genius. Dumas is the king of suspense in the world of victorian lit. This book and the rest of Dumas's works show his ability to captivate a reader and present a story throgh excitement and suspense. His characters are developed and represent heros of actions and situations. This is a good read. this book is complex enough to be entertaining to and advanced reader yet simple enough for the novice. Another example of French Literatures strong points.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2003

    Captivating

    I first read 'The Count of Monte Cristo' and then a friend gave me 'The Black Tulip'. Once I got started, I could not put the book down. It's an intriguing story with fascinating characters which will draw you in from the start.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Chippeh

    Did you like the song?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Eartheh

    Or Wisperfeather.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Icestar

    Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Chippeh

    They call me Dr. Worm. Good morning, how are you, I'm Dr. Worm. I'm interested in things. I'm not a real doctor, but I am a real worm. I am an actual worm. I live like a worm and I like to play the drums. I think I'm getting good and I can handle criticism. I'll show you what I know and you can tell me if you think I'm getting better on the drums. I'll leave the front unlocked 'cause I can't hear the doorbell. When I get into it, I can't tell if you are watching me twirling the stick. When I give the signal, my friends, Rabbi Mole will play the solo. (Guitar solo) Someday, somebody else besides me will call me by my stage name, they will call me Dr. Worm. Good morning, how are you, I'm Dr. Worm. I'm interested in things. I'm not a real doctor, but I am a real worm. I am an actual worm. I live like a worm, and I like to play the drums. I think I'm getting good, but I can handle criticism. I'll show you what I know and you can tell me if you think I'm getting better on the drums. I'll leave the front unlocked 'cause I can't hear the doorbell riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggggg........

    ~~~~~~~~~~(:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    The oldest blazeclan members

    Edenstar, Icetail/Icestar*, Whitewing, Violetsong/Violetstar*, Chipfoot*, Nightwing, and Darkpelt (*=still rps)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Sing along songs with Flameh

    Im Derpy and I Know It<br>
    Tune of Se<_>xy and I Know It<br>
    But words mostly by yours truly
    <p>
    When I fly on by<br>
    Peeps be lookin all derpified<br>
    When Im at the beach<br>
    Im in a one piece actin so derpy<br>
    <p>
    Derp<br>
    Hey look at those sparkles<br>
    Derp<br>
    Hey look at those sparkles<br>
    Derp<br>
    Hey look at those sparkles<br>
    Th-th-they're s-so shiny<br>
    Derp<br>
    Hey look at those sparkles<p>
    Derp<br>
    Hey look at those sparkles<br>
    Derp<br>
    Hey look at those sparkles<br>
    Th-th-they're s-so shiny
    <p>
    When I walk in Walmart<br>
    This is what I see<br>
    Everybody stops and is laughing at me<br>
    I got crackers in my pants and I aint afraid<br>
    To throw em throw em throw em<br>
    Im derpy and I know it
    <p>
    Im derpy and i know it
    <p>
    Uni-uni-uni-uni-unicorn<br>
    Uni-uni-uni-uni-unicorn<br>
    Yea-yea do the unicorn<br>
    Do the unicorn
    <p>
    Im derpy and I know it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Earthclaw

    How 'bout Frostpelt? Or Frostfoot? You'll becme Frosteh in a year. ((Ooh! FROSTEH, THE SNOW CAT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Flameh

    Lily was saying something about us leaving blazeclan or roleplaying in different clans if we want to be friends with them. I went as tigerleaf and told them that its not as easy as they think and that you cant just abandon your clan for another and also being a different cat in a different clan will have no similarity to what blazeclan and horseclan had.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    To all

    What is this magical place i must join!!!!!))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Eartheh

    Oooh! A wattpad is a Quotev without quizzes and polls. I'm QuillMist20724 on Pottermore and Alanna Rogers on Quotev. You should at least look at my profile on deviantArt. I'm CandyCornMLP. My artistic talent doesn't really come from drawing or painting, but from photography. I'm in Ravenclaw!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Frostpelt

    Im with ya flameh!!!!!!!!! THROWS LEAFS AT HER

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Mudflower

    Oh snep, someone genderbent Mudfall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    Mudfell

    Bum bum bah bum bum bum bum bum bahbumbum bah bum. DUHN DUH DUHH

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Flamepelt

    Hey icestar. Whats new?

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