The Titans: A Three-Generation Biography of the Dumas

By André Maurois; Gerard Hopkins | Go to book overview

CHAPTER VI
His Father's Father

There is one dramatist whose defects and whose merits Dumas fils almost exactly repeated: -- Dumas père. LÉON BLUM

IT was about 1859 that father and son began to enjoy an equal celebrity. They were alike in features, in their burliness, and in their love of swagger. In some ways, however, they were very different, and indulged in mutual criticism. 'I find my subjects in my dreams,' said Dumas père, 'my son takes his from real life. I work with my eyes shut, he with his open. I draw, he photographs.' And, again: 'What Alexandre produces is not so much literature as music. One notices only bars, and, now and again, a few words.'1 The father had created a number of superb righters of wrongs, but he thought nothing of behaving badly himself. His son, in his own life, was for ever playing the part of Athos the magnanimous.

They often quarrelled. The son reproached his father for having brought him up badly. 'I naturally did what I saw you do, and lived as you had taught me to live.'2 He was censorious about the debts and the numerous love affairs of a man who was now well past middle age. Sometimes Alexandre II would treat Alexandre I with almost paternal severity. Then the head of the old grizzled goat would droop in contrition, and that evening he would come home with a gift of fine apples for his son, as once, to win forgiveness, he had brought a melon to Catherine Labay.

Dumas fils found in his relations with his father the subject matter of some of his plays. Le Fits naturel ( 1858) and Un Père prodigue ( 1859) were autobiographical, in so far as any work of art can be autobiographical, that is to say with distortions that went deep. Dumas père applauded. He knew that his son loved him; besides, the latter had once said:

You have become Dumas père to the respectful, le père Dumas to the insolent, and amidst all the chatter, you must sometimes have heard these words: 'No doubt about it, the son has the greater talent.' How you must have laughed!

-310-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Titans: A Three-Generation Biography of the Dumas
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 514

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.