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A new career - the novelist

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Cover of the Three Musketeers (1893)   Dumas at 67
The Three Musketeers: Dumas' lasting success as a novelist
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  Dumas at 67- etching by Rayon
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At the end of the decade Dumas went into collaboration with Auguste Maquet, a professor of history and the first of several researchers whose role was to unearth the events and landscapes which Dumas would turn into fictional gold. The first fruit was The Three Musketeers. Many of D'Artagnan's exploits were based on his father's experiences, and with The Three Musketeers he regained the great popularity that had marked the appearance of Henri III, the first romantic historical drama, and of Antony, the first romantic modern drama.

Rehearsing it for the stage he noticed that the fireman on duty had diaappeared. He had him called back, found out why he had stopped listening and immediately set to work changing the scene. After the success of the Three Musketeers Dumas recalled an island he had glimpsed in the Mediterranean a few years before. It was called Monte Cristo. The two collaborators set to work again, and in 1843 The Count of Monte Cristo started to be serialised in Le Journal des Débats. Dumas was now no longer re-inventing history, he created it. Dumas' activity was industrial. He described himself as a blacksmith "who threw himself into literature as his father had thrown himself upon the enemy".

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