Summary of The Black Count by Tom Reiss | Includes Analysis
The Black Count is the Pulitzer Prize winning biography written by author Tom
Reiss. The book traces the life of Thomas-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie, also
known as Alexandre Dumas, a black general who fought in the French Revolution.
The narrative is told through historical documents as well as writings of Dumas’
son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, who wrote The Three Musketeers and The
Count of Monte Cristo.
Dumas was born in 1762 in the Saint-Domingue French sugar colony, modern day
Haiti. His father, Alexandre Antoine Davy de la Pailleterie, was a French
nobleman who became a marquis. After establishing a Jeremie coffee plantation in
the 1750s, he purchased a slave named Marie Cessette and they had four children
Antoine sold his wife and children into slavery, but pawned his favorite son,
Dumas, and, in August of 1776, redeemed him. Dumas and Antoine moved to
Saint-Germain- en-Laye, a small city west of Paris…
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