By Julie Kavanagh
This riveting biography brilliantly explores the quick, extreme, and passionate lifetime of the rustic lady from Normandy, who at 13 fled her brute of a father to visit Paris. virtually in a single day she turned the most well known courtesans of the 1840s—the proposal for Alexandre Dumas fils’ The girl of the Camellias and Verdi’s La Traviata. along with her aristocratic methods, based outfits and signature camellias, Marie was once consistently an issue of fascination on the opera and the street cafés. Her loss of life at twenty-three from tuberculosis created such an outpouring of sympathy within the press that Charles Dickens, who was once in Paris on the time, was once surprised. “Everything is erased within the face of an incident that is way more important,” he wrote, “the romantic dying of 1 of the glories of the demi-monde, the gorgeous, the recognized Marie Duplessis.”
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In his simply major departure from the situations of Marie Duplessis’s lifestyles, he invented a scene within which Armand’s father, the personification of bourgeois morality, begs Marguerite to set his son loose. it's a sacrifice she needs to make in an effort to retailer the acceptance of the guy she adores, but in addition for the sake of his natural younger sister, whose marriage will be jeopardized by means of the scandal of Armand’s courting. this can be the turning element of the tale, and it makes a saint and martyr of the wanton heroine, crucially permitting her to be authorized, even pitied, by means of first rate nineteenth-century society. half social record, half romantic melodrama, either sooner than its time and rigidly traditional, the woman of the Camellias was once an quick luck. Dumas fils had bought simply fourteen copies of his first ebook, Sins of adlescent, a set of lengthy poems, together with one entitled “M. D. ,” which in detail info what it was once wish to make like to Marie Duplessis. published at his father’s price in 1847, it had handed overlooked, while his novel got an enhance of 1000 francs from the respected company of Cadot, whose first version of 1,200 copies was once fast via a sell-out printing of one other 1,500. Having grown up within the shadow of his illustrious father, Dumas fils was once delighted by way of this primary style of literary repute, confessing, “I must have died of disgrace and jealousy if I had now not contrived to procure a bit glory of my very own. ” The effect of the radical, even though, was once not anything in comparison with the feeling brought on by the play. It have been a three-year fight to cajole a theater to tackle the girl of the Camellias, which Dumas fils tailored in 1849. His father’s reaction were ecstatic—“It’s unique! It’s touching! It’s audacious! It’s new! ,” he exclaimed as he tearfully embraced Alexandre, whereas additionally caution him that his paintings was once too genuine to be allowed onstage. Nepotism counted for nothing—“I was once the son of the best dramatic writer of his time, no-one may have a extra strong protector, yet i'd to boot have arrived from the provinces with an unknown identify. ” Dumas père’s Théâtre Historique had closed via 1850, and the girl of the Camellias was once became down through the Gaîté, the Ambigu-Comique, and the Gymnase, which had simply fixed Manon Lescaut. finally, the hot director of the Vaudeville approved it, however it used to be instantly banned by way of the censors. while Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte turned president of the second one Republic in December 1851, the author’s friendship together with his part brother, the Duke de Morny, helped strength a cancellation of the veto, yet he was once advised that it can make no distinction; the viewers may cease the play. The actress solid as Marguerite, the Vaudeville’s diva, thirty-three-year-old Anaïs Fargueil, withdrew after the 1st analyzing, and the half used to be provided to the better Eugénie Doche, a tender attractiveness with whatever of a louche recognition. Armand, twenty-three-year-old Charles Fechter, used to be 3 years her junior, with the entire bullish surliness of a immodest younger famous person.