A new translation of Dumas’srousing sequel toThe Three Musketeers,picking up twenty years after the conclusion ofthat classic novel andcontinuingthe adventures of the valiant d’Artagnan and his three loyal friends.
The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas’s most famous and enduring novel, completed its serial publication in the summer of 1844, and by the time of its book publication at the end of that year readers were already demanding a sequel. They got it starting in January, 1845, when the first chapters ofTwenty Years Afterbegan to appearbut it wasn’t quite what they were expecting.
WhenTwenty Years Afteropens it is 1648: the Red Sphinx, Cardinal Richelieu, is dead, France is ruled by a regency in the grip of civil war, and across the English Channel the monarchy of King Charles I hangs by a thread. As d’Artagnan will find, these are problems that can’t be solved with a sword thrust. InTwenty Years After, the musketeers confront maturity and face its greatest challenge: sometimes, you fail. It’s in how the four comrades respond to failure, and rise above it, that we begin to see the true characters of Dumas’s great heroes.
A true literary achievement,Twenty Years Afteris long overdue for a modern reassessmentand a new translation. As an added inducement to readers, Lawrence Ellsworthhas discovered a “lost” chapter that was overlooked in the novel’s original publication, and is included in none of the available English translations to dateuntil now.
WithTwenty Years AfterDumas’s Musketeers Cycle becomes a real ongoing series, beginning a long story arc that will be continued inThe Son of Milady,adventure following adventure until the final climax inThe Man in the Iron Mask.
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About the Author
One of the most famous French writers of the nineteenth century, Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) first achieved success in the literary world a playwright, before turning his hand to writing novels. In two years from 1844 to 1845, he published two enormous books, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. Both novels have sold millions of copies worldwide.
Lawrence Ellsworth is the pen name of Lawrence Schick. He began his career as a writer at TSR Hobbies, where he was instrumental in the early popularity of the role-playing game "Dungeons & Dragons." An authority on historical adventure fiction, Ellsworth is the editor of The Big Book of Swashbuckling Adventure as well as the translator of Alexandre Dumas’s The Red Sphinx andThe Three Musketeers. He lives in northern Maryland.