The author's cinematic brushstrokes brilliantly bring to life the clash of cultures . . . a welcome reminder of [Dumas's] storytelling brio.
The Corsican Brothersby Alexandre Dumas
The bonds that tie family together are among the strongest on earth. But what of those between two brothers born as Siamese twins? The Corsican Brothers is a richly drawn tale of fraternal love and revenge. Alexandre Dumas weaves the story of Siamese twins, separated at birth physically but never separated in spirit. When one of the brothers is murdered, the other leaves Corsica for Paris to avenge the killing. Dumas, a master storyteller, captivates readers with his fabulous travel-log descriptions of 19th century Corsica and France as much as with the exciting story of these two brothers. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. re-popularized Dumas's famous tale by starring in a 1941 Silver Screen version of The Corsican Brothers.
"The author's cinematic brushstrokes brilliantly bring to life the clash of cultures . . . a welcome reminder of [Dumas's] storytelling brio." Times Literary Supplement
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Meet the Author
Alexandre Dumas was born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie on July 24, 1802 in Villers-Cotterets, Aisne, France, the youngest of two children. His father was the son of a French nobleman and a Black slave and took the name Dumas from his mother, fighting as a general under Napoleon himself. He died of cancer when Alexandre was four, leaving the family very poor.
Working at the Palais Royal, under the Duke of Orleans, Dumas began writing articles and plays under the name Dumas, as his father had done. His plays became popular, and he took to writing full time. In 1830, however, he became embroiled in the French Revolution, which placed the Duke of Orleans on the throne.
After peace was restored, Dumas began writing novels which were translated into many other languages, earning him a great deal of money, which he spent as fast as he made. Living the high-life and having as many as forty mistresses, he wrote more than 100,000 pages in his lifetime.
When Napoleon became president, ousting the Duke of Orleans, Dumas fled to Belgium, then to Russia and Italy. In 1840, he married Ida Ferrier and had at least seven illegitimate children. He died on December 5, 1870, in Seine-Maritime, France, at the age of 68. In 2002, his ashes were reinterred in the Pantheon de Paris, a great honor.
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