July 10: Tom Reiss, “The Black Count”

  • Wednesday, July 10th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: Tom Reiss, author of “The Black Count: Revolution, Betrayal and the real Count of Monte Cristo”

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED FOR 2013 DUE TO A SCHEDULING CONFLICT. IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR 2014

Generations have been enthralled by Alexandre Dumas’ characters, especially the wronged hero in The Count of Monte Cristo and the daring swordsmen in The Three Musketeers. Yet few realize that these memorable characters were inspired by Dumas’ father, General Alex Dumas, the son of a French count and a black Haitian slave. Tom Reiss brings the elder Dumas alive with previously unpublished correspondence and meticulous research, providing the context necessary to understand how exceptional his life as a mulatto general in a slave-owning empire truly was. From single-handedly holding a bridge in the Alps against 20 enemies to spending years held captive in a fortress, Alex Dumas is a fascinating character that not even his son’s vivid imagination could have dreamed up, and how a jealous Napoleon ruined his reputation.