[cross-posted at Austro-Athenian Empire]
Four Black History Months ago I blogged about Alexandre Dumass neglected status as a black writer. Frances most commercially successful writer, the author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo was also the grandson of a freed Haitian slave; in response to a racial insult he once responded: It is true. My father was a mulatto, my grandmother was a negress, and my great-grandparents were monkeys. In short, sir, my pedigree begins where yours ends.
It would be fun to see a conference on issues of race and slavery in French romantic literature, organised around Dumass Georges, Hugos Bug-Jargal (which I see is also out in a new translation), and Vernes A Captain at Fifteen (which desperately needs a new translation).