By Alexandre Dumas père
"We learn the 3 Musketeers to adventure a feeling of romance and for the sheer pleasure of the story," mirrored Clifton Fadiman. "In those violent pages all is motion, intrigue, suspense, surprise--an virtually unending chain of duels, murders, amorous affairs, unmaskings, ambushes, hairbreadth escapes, wild rides. it's all very unlikely and it's all magnificent."
First released in 1844, Alexandre Dumas's swashbuckling epic chronicles the adventures of D'Artagnan, a gallant younger nobleman who trips to Paris in 1625 hoping to affix the ranks of musketeers guarding Louis XIII. He quickly unearths himself battling along 3
heroic comrades--Athos, Porthos, and Aramis--who search to uphold the consideration of the king through foiling the depraved plots of Cardinal Richelieu and the attractive undercover agent "Milady."
"Dumas can be learn 100, nay, 300 years on," wrote John Galsworthy. "His maximum production is certainly D'Artagnan, style instantly of the battling adventurer and of the trusty servant, whose wily blade is ever in the back of these whose hearts have neither his magnanimity nor his braveness. Few, if any, characters in fiction encourage one with such trust of their
individual existences. . . . to at least one who made D'Artagnan all will likely be forgiven." Clifton Fadiman agreed: "Dumas loved writing his tales. . . . The excitement he should have felt in
creating D'Artagnan's issues and triumphs
flashes out of those pages. . . . Dumas rampaged during the background of France, inventing, altering, distorting--doing no matter what used to be had to produce a story to carry the reader breathless."