Unknown Alexandre Dumas play about Britishthieves discovered in Paris

28th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

MONTREAL, Sept 27 (AFP) - A retired professor from Quebec has discovered a lost five-act play written by Alexandre Dumas, the 19th century French author of "The Three Musketeers" and "The Count of Monte Cristo," a Canadian university magazine said Monday.

MONTREAL, Sept 27 (AFP) - A retired professor from Quebec has discovered a lost five-act play written by Alexandre Dumas, the 19th century French author of "The Three Musketeers" and "The Count of Monte Cristo," a Canadian university magazine said Monday.  

Retired French studies professor Reginald Hamel found the play, titled "The Gold Thieves," in the archives of France's National Library in Paris two years ago, said Forum Express, a University of Montreal magazine.  

French publisher Honore Champion will soon publish the play, the magazine said.   "The Gold Thieves," which recounts the exploits of a group of British thieves in Australia, was "inspired by a novel written by one of Dumas' mistresses, Celeste de Chabrillan, in 1857," Hamel told Forum Express.  

"You recognize in each phrase, in each scene, in each act the 'Dumasian' way of cutting up a text written in prose and making it a theatre piece," said Hamel, a Dumas expert who in 2002 published a dictionary that analyzes characters and scenes from Dumas books.  

Dumas, who also wrote "Queen Margot" and "The Black Tulip," lived between 1802-1870.

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