"Brisk, agile . . . a heady mix of intrigue, action, and laughing-in-the-face- of-death badinage [all superbly rendered in this translation]."
-The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
was born July 24, 1802, at Villiers-Cotterets, France, the son of Napoleon's famous mulatto general, Dumas. Alexandre Dumas began writing at an early age and saw his first success in a play he wrote entitled Henri III et sa Cour
(1829). A prolific author, Dumas was also an adventurer and took part in the Revolution of 1830. Dumas is most famous for his brilliant historical novels, which he wrote with collaborators, mainly Auguste Maquet, and which were serialized in the popular press of the day. His most popular works are The Three Musketeers
(1844), The Count of Monte Cristo
(1844-45), and The Man in Iron Mask
(1848-50). Dumas made and lost several fortunes, and died penniless on on December 5, 1870.Richard Pevear
and Larissa Volokhonsky
have produced acclaimed translations of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol
, and Bulgakov
. Their translation of The Brothers Karamazov
won the 1991 PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize. They are married and live in Paris, France.