The Girl Who Loved Camellias by Julie Kavanagh The courtesan who seduced Paris—and inspired Dumas and La Traviata.
The book begins with the 3-year-old Dumas discovering that his father has died, and promptly arming himself and heading upstairs.
Negotiations were intense, but when the dust settled, Dumas had accepted half a million dollars for a 40 percent stake.
But the best description of the book-hunter of the 18 quais is that given to Dumas by Charles Nodier.
When Hugo wrote for himself he wrote almost as simply and straightforwardly as Dumas.
Dumas goes carefully into the dubious episodes of her stormy career, but does not allow these to blind his sympathy for her fate.
But Nodier was far from being the gourmet that Dumas supposed him to be.
They would never have fallen in the mud with Dumas and poor La Vallire.
The memory of Dumas is enshrined in his good men, that of Balzac in his bad women.
As a work of imaginative power and absorbing interest, this masterpiece of Dumas stands unique.