Finding Monte Cristo: Alexandre Dumas and the French Atlantic World


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During his lifetime, the biracial French writer Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)-author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo and grandson of a Caribbean slave-faced forms of racial prejudice in France. He constantly strove to find a place where he could belong, an isolated figure in search for an identity within a larger collectivity. For him, "Monte Cristo" seemed to symbolize this quest. Just as "Monte Cristo" proved to be an elusive reality for Dumas, it proved equally elusive to those struggling to overcome ...

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