The Last Cavalier by Alexandre Dumas
Being the Adventures of Count Sainte-Hermine in the Age of Napoleon

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Rousing, big, spirited, its action sweeping across oceans and continents, the last novel of Alexandre Dumas-lost for 125 years in the archives of the National Library in Paris-completes the oeuvre that Dumas imagined at the outset of his literary -career. Now, dynamically, in a tale of family honor and undying vengeance, of high adventure and heroic derring-do, The Last Cavalier fills that gap.

The last cavalier is also Count Hector de Sainte-Hermine, who for three years has been languishing in prison when, in 1804, on the eve of Napoleon's coronation as emperor of France, he learns what's to be his due. Stripped of his title and denied the hand of the woman he loves, he is freed by Napoleon on the condition that he serve as a common foot soldier in the imperial army. So it is in profound despair that Hector embarks on a succession of daring escapades. Again and again he wins glory-against brigands, bandits, the British; boa constrictors, sharks, croco-diles. And at the battle of Trafalgar it's his marksman's bullet that fells the famed English admiral Lord Nelson.

Yet however far his adventures may take him-from Burma's jungles to the wilds of Ireland-his destiny lies always in Paris, with his father's enemy, Napoleon.

About Alexandre Dumas

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After an idle youth, Alexandre Dumas went to Paris and spent some years writing. A volume of short stories and some farces were his only productions until 1927, when his play Henri III (1829) became a success and made him famous. It was as a storyteller rather than a playwright, however, that Dumas gained enduring success. Perhaps the most broadly popular of French romantic novelists, Dumas published some 1,200 volumes during his lifetime. These were not all written by him, however, but were the works of a body of collaborators known as "Dumas & Co." Some of his best works were plagiarized. For example, The Three Musketeers (1844) was taken from the Memoirs of Artagnan by an eighteenth-century writer, and The Count of Monte Cristo (1845) from Penchet's A Diamond and a Vengeance. At the end of his life, drained of money and sapped by his work, Dumas left Paris and went to live at his son's villa, where he remained until his death. Lauren Yoder is Professor of French at Davidson College in North Carolina. As a child, he devoured he novels of Alexandre Dumas. Lauren holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.
Published October 7, 2008 by Pegasus. 864 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Enter the noble Saint-Hermine, stripped of his title, who, chapter by chapter, hacks his way across land and sea to redeem himself at places such as Trafalgar, where Dumas movingly depicts the death of Lord Nelson and breaks the fourth wall in the bargain (“It seems to me that one of the greatest...

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The Last Cavalier: The Lost Masterpiece by Alexandre Dumas 4th Estate £20, pp751 Touted by the publisher as 'the lost masterpiece', this valedictory work by the author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo is not quite that.

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Entertainment Weekly

Here's my theory: This newly re-discovered novel by the Three Musketeers author wasn't really lost, just ''misplaced'' by an editor flummoxed by its fatuous nature.

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He recognized its sweeping chronicle of the life of Hector, Count de Sainte-Hermine, as filling a gap in the fictional panorama of French history Dumas had constructed in his other novels;

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Historical Novel Society

During his lifetime, Alexandre Dumas planned to write a series of novels that would include all of French history from the Renaissance to his own day.

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