The Meeting of
Frontspiece of The Fencing Master
by Alexandre Dumas
(Source: Cady Tech)
Dumas wrote that one day, while he was looking for some material to develop a new story, the master fencer Augustin Grisier (1791-1865) gave him a journal of his time in Russia during the years 1824 to 1826.
This would inspire Dumas to write Notes of a Fencing Teacher, or Eighteen Months in St. Petersburg. Although the book was published in 1840, there would be no Russian translation until 1925.
This is due to the fact that the book was banned by the royal censorship in Russia.
The Czar approached, and stood before his confused Consort.
"You were reading, Madam?" he said.
"Do you wish me to tell you what you were reading?"
The Czarina was silent.
"You were reading the romance of [Mr.] Dumas, 'The Fencing Master.'
"How do you know that, Sire?"
"It is not difficult to guess, since it is the last book I have prohibited."
(At the far left is the nobleman Ivan Annenkov)
P. M. Golovachev
(Source: Tomsk Regional Universal Scientific Library, named after A.S. Pushkin)
Nothing that will be read is mine.
What Dumas Knew of Pushkin
Ivan Aleksandrovich Annenkov (1802-1878)
From Decembrist artist Nikolai Bestuzhev M .: Art Depictions (1977)
(Source: Russian Biographical Dictionary)
Polina Annenkova (1800-1876),
née Paulina Goble
Pyotr Fyodorovich Sokolov
(Source: Ministry of Culture of Russia)
Pushkin is very little known to the reading world,...but he is nationally popular in Russia.
Deadly silence followed the last words, but presently the whole table burst out into applause. Of the sixty "old boys" not one became a denunciator. This would have been fine anywhere, but it was superlative in Russia, under Nicholas.
What Pushkin Knew of Dumas
Pushkin loved to improvise comedies, and, by common agreement with his sister, arranged something like a theater where the author and actor were a brother, and the public was a sister.
Pushkin's Duels With Death
It all came to an end with d’Anthès.
Alexey Avvakumovich Naumov
(Source: "Around The World" Encyclopedia via Wikipedia Commons)
Pushkin was thirty-eight years of age, at the zenith of his talent and popularity, when [the] event came to snatch him away.
An inexplicable hatred had doomed the poet...he had gone mad.
The Russian aristocracy had become very jealous of Poushkin, who had gained for himself a rank more illustrious and a name more widely known than that of the greatest aristocrat among them; for in war the poet’s lyre is heard above the noise of battle, and in times of peace, his notes find an echo in every soul.
This jealousy led to unworthy attempts to torture his passionate heart, pulsing with African blood, if not to break it.
A poet has not only two souls but two mothers. He goes down to one in the tomb, as Poushkin did; but one watches over his grave with jealous care, and desires to know how her son died; and the name of this second mother is Posterity.
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