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Book Title: The Fencing Master|
The author of the book: Alexandre Dumas
Edition: Fredonia Books (NL)
Date of issue: April 1st 2002
ISBN 13: 9781589637337
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In one of the volumes devoted to his travels in Russia, Dumas related that the Czarina, wife of the Czar Nicholas, having procured a copy of "The Fencing Master," asked her friend the Princess Trubetski to read it to her. While thus engaged the door opened and the Czar appeared. The princess, who held the book, hastily hid it under the sofa cushions. The Czar approached, and standing before his confused Consort.
"You were reading, Madam?" he said.
"Do you wish me to tell you what you were reading?"
The Czarina was silent.
"You were reading the romance of M. Dumas, 'The Fencing Master.'
"How do you know that, Sire?"
"It is not difficult to guess, since it is the last book I have prohibited."
In spite of, or rather by reason of this prohibition, "The Fencing Master" became very popular in Russia, so popular indeed that when in 1858, some eighteen years after its publication, Dumas visited the famous fair at Nijini Novgorod, handkerchiefs printed in colors with scenes from the book were offered for sale to its surprised author.
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Read information about the authorThis note regards Alexandre Dumas, père, the father of Alexandre Dumas, fils (son). For the son, see Alexandre Dumas fils.
Alexandre Dumas, père (French for "father", akin to Senior in English), born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, The Man in the Iron Mask, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne were serialized. Dumas also wrote plays and magazine articles, and was a prolific correspondent.
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