The Lady with the Camellias (Camille)

The Lady with the Camellias (Camille)

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The Lady with the Camellias (Camille)

The Lady with the Camellias (Camille)

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MY DEAR CALMANN,

You ask me to write a preface for a new and illustrated edition of "La Dame aux Camélias." You address yourself to the only man in this world who can neither praise nor attack the book. Janin has told about Marie Duplessis all that could be told about her, and now and then has even a little embellished it. For myself, I have, in the preface to my drama, or in the notes of the "acting edition," said everything I could remember of that pretty girl who exercised such a great influence on my literary career, for I owe her my first success as a novelwriter and my first success as a dramatist. M. de Contades has quite recently, in the review, "Le Livre," given a good many details and particulars about her which are quite correct and most interesting, so that there is nothing more left for me to say. I think I have already told how I wrote this book in three weeks, at Saint-Germain-en- Laye, on the corner of a table, in a room in the White Horse, for which I paid one franc a day. This White Horse was the only inn that was open one evening when I missed the last train. Is this so very interesting? Would it be better to make some philosophical reflections on prostitution and on the fatal influence of courtesans? I think not, and so do you. Well, then, I had better tell how I came to write this book.

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