Alexandre Dumas Papers

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Alexandre Dumas Papers
Creator: Dumas, Alexandre, 1824-1895
Call Number: A.D88
Dates: 1869-1894
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Box 1
Collection Overview
Title: Alexandre Dumas Papers
Creator: Dumas, Alexandre, 1824-1895
Call Number: A.D88
Dates: 1869-1894
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
A series of twenty-seven letters and notes to Dr. Henri Favre, to whom Dumas was introduced by George Sand in 1866, or thereabouts. Favre was a distinguished scientist and mystic, well acquainted with the most eminent authors of the period. His interests led him to investigate many scientific and pseudo-scientific topics of the day, and he was one of the pioneers in studying the use of psychoanalysis. Passages in this correspondence indicate that he and Dumas held lengthy discussions on these topics.

Scope and Content
The letters, most of which are undated, were written between September 10, 1869 and December 15, 1894. These limits are not exact; it is unlikely that any letter in this group was written before the first date, but some of the notes may come from the months after December 1894. The works chiefly concerned are Dumas' La femme de Claude and La route de Thebes, the first of which was dedicated to Favre. The letters show how important Dr. Favre's friendship and counsel were to Dumas, and in the correspondence one can trace the evolution of the dramatist's technique of the theater.

An article based upon this correspondence was being prepared by Warren E. Richmond (Rochester 1957) in 1940, but does not seem to have been published. Transcriptions of the correspondence made by Robert F. Metzdorf, and Mr. Richmond's translations are included in the collection.

Description of the collection is from Robert F. Metzdorf's Catalogue of the Autograph Collection of the University of Rochester. Rochester, NY, 1940. no. 307.

Subject(s):
French literature
Correspondence
Dumas, Alexandre, 1824-1895
Favre, Henri
Dramatists, French
Access
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Administrative Information
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Content List
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Letters to Henry Favre, 1869-1894
Box 1, Folder 2Letters to Henry Favre, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 3Transcriptions of letters from Favre in unknown hand, 1873-1894
Box 1, Folder 4Transcriptions of letters to Favre with notes and translations made by Warren E. Richmond


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