Camille

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Marguerite Gautier is the most beautiful, brazen—and expensive—courtesan in all of Paris. Despite being ill with consumption, she lives a glittering, moneyed life of nonstop parties and aristocratic balls and savors every day as if it were her last.

Into her life comes Armand Duval. Young, handsome, and recklessly headstrong, he is hopelessly in love with Marguerite, but not nearly rich enough. Yet Armand is Marguerite’s first true love, and against her better judgment, she ...

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Overview

Marguerite Gautier is the most beautiful, brazen—and expensive—courtesan in all of Paris. Despite being ill with consumption, she lives a glittering, moneyed life of nonstop parties and aristocratic balls and savors every day as if it were her last.

Into her life comes Armand Duval. Young, handsome, and recklessly headstrong, he is hopelessly in love with Marguerite, but not nearly rich enough. Yet Armand is Marguerite’s first true love, and against her better judgment, she throws away her upper-class lifestyle for him. But as intense as their love for each other is, it challenges a reality that cannot be denied.…

This Signet Classics version is the only available paperback edition of Camille, a story as old as time and as timeless as love itself.

Translated by Sir Edmond Gosse, with an Introduction by Toril Moi

Includes Photos

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“One of the greatest love stories in the world.”—Henry James
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“One of the greatest love stories in the world.”—Henry James

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451529206
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/6/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 276,534
  • Product dimensions: 4.29 (w) x 6.91 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexandre Dumas fils (1824–95) was the illegitimate son of a Belgian seamstress and the famed novelist Alexandre Dumas. He was educated in several Parisian private schools and the Collège Bourbon. The elder Dumas acknowledged him as his natural son and for some time made him his constant companion. In 1847, the younger Dumas published his first novel, Adventures of Four Women and a Parrot, followed a year later by Camille (The Lady of the Camellias), and ten other novels over the next decade. Following the great success of the dramatic version of Camille, Dumas was gradually drawn away from the novel to the stage. He was elected to the French Academy in 1874 and continued to produce a long line of successful plays until his death.

Toril Moi is James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies at Duke University. Widely known for her work on feminist theory, she is the author of Sexual/Textual Politics; What Is a Woman?; and Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman. The editor of The Kristeva Reader and French Feminist Thought, she recently published a book on Henrik Ibsen.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

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    Wonderful, Heartbreaking Read

    I love Camille and I can't recommend it enough. It's become one of my favorite books. I had seen the Greta Garbo movie version of Camille, and I can honestly say that the novel is more heartbreaking. Alexandre Dumas fils's writing was excellent and his tale of thwarted love is timeless.

    Camille is set in 1840s Paris. A young courtesan, Marguerite Gautier, has died and although she was once the most sought-after courtesan in Paris she died of consumption without any of her rich friends or benefactors by her side. It seems everyone has forgotten Marguerite except for Armand Duval, a young man who has countless camellias sent to her grave. The novel goes back to when Armand and Marguerite were in love and willing to risk everything to be together. Fate got in the way and led to the beautiful courtesan's dying alone.

    The writing style was interesting and very well done. Much like in Wuthering Heights and The Great Gatsby, the narrator was a minor character who played little part in the action. In fact, the narrator of Camille didn't even have a name. Also like Wuthering Heights, the narration changes hand when Armand tells the story of him and Marguerite and part of the novel is also told from Margeurite's perspective. Dumas had these stories within stories so skillfully that the different voices never felt forced. Camille is a classic you should definitely read. Just be prepared with a box of tissues.

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    Posted September 14, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    Excellent

    I read this book in highschool and have reread it a few times. Each time i read it i feel like i am there watching the characters. It is a an amazing book that everyone should read at least once!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2004

    good story

    I knew of the 1937 version of Camille before i knew of the book (did you ever see Annie? well when Daddy warbucks takes Annie to the movies, they go and see Camille) it looked like a decent movie. Well, i saw the book and i picked it up and was pleasantly surprised. while dumas could have fleshed it out a bit more to make the reader become more attached to the characters, overall it was a nice, easy, quick and rewarding read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2004

    A WONDERFUL LOVE STORY

    this book was fnatastic, and Alexandre Dumas fils proves himself to be just as good a writer as his father. A must for any romantic and for anyone who loved Moulin Rouge. A classic tragic love story. READ IT! p.s. if you haven't seen moulin rouge and love this book rent the movie, they're fantastically similar. OR if you loved Moulin rouge, read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003

    The story of life and death, love and sacrifice....

    Too often we think of love as a common convenience in our lives. Too seldom we realize how it can overthrow who we are and make us stronger. 'The Lady of the Camellias' is a beautiful story of a sacrifice in love, of the power of love against the rumor of the society, of noble death, which brings with itself the glory of victory, because Love remains the sacred talisman until the very end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2002

    read this!

    Excelent book...im 14 and reading is not my favorite thing to do...but if this book can keep me interested it's definately a good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2001

    Marvelous Book!

    This was indeed the best book I have ever read, I could not put it down. It brought tears and joy. Very well written. I just fell in love with the characters. Wonderful wonderful story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2001

    Amazing Literary Work

    Son of Alexandre Dumas pere, Camille is a novel as well as a play. It is by far the best story of its kind, lending a sentimentality to the heart of a woman stereotyped by society as being immoral and heartless. Camille is a touching story about a love that has often existed in literature but has not had the same effecting poignancy. A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2000

    A must read for any romantic

    Absolutely breathtaking! Being one who rarely cries, this book managed to yank tears from my normally dry eyes. Not only is the literary quality superb, but the story line is one that will yank at heartstrings and defy predictability. The words weave themselves into a wonderous, and sad, story of Marguerite, who leaves behind a grieving lover and a legacy of her sacrifice. While the mere emotion and imagery evoked from this masterpiece makes the novel completely worthwhile, the beauty of it lies in the resonant strength of the heroine.

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