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Old 05-13-2018, 06:36 PM   #826
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doubleshuffle, no worries - I didn't know the Valancourt edition existed. Certainly not quibbling at that price - bought already.
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Hadrian the Seventh

Hi Doubleshuffle

Thanks for giving Rolfe's Hadrian the Seventh a go.

Is it perhaps worthwhile posting your unfinished version on here, so someone else could have a go and finish it?

I first read the book a good thirty years ago, and I have a Chatto & Windus 1959 edition.

What makes the book particularly entertaining is that many of the characters are not-at-all-thinly disguised portraits of Rolfe's acquaintances. One hesitates to use the word "friends", as Rolfe always and unerringly bit the hand that fed him, and many people who tried to help him later fell victim to his vitriol-filled pen.

There are biographies later than the classic AJA Symons "Quest for Corvo" (published 1934), that go into the details of his life that Symons was unable to include. In the thirties many of the libelled characters were still alive, and the details of Rolfe's unconventional lifestyle could only be alluded to rather than described.

I too have bought the Valancourt Books edition.
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Old 05-14-2018, 04:54 AM   #828
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Is it perhaps worthwhile posting your unfinished version on here, so someone else could have a go and finish it?
Maybe. But, unfinished as it is, it would still need some cleaning up before I could thrust it on someone else.

Anyway, if someone should post here and say they would like to have a go, I'll gladly put it up.
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I've been looking for a free PD edition of Alexander Dumas The Pale Lady, but can't find one. As he died well over 70 years ago, I was wondering if there's a reason why this is not in the public domain; the translation, maybe.
Just out of curiosity, can anyone shine any light on this matter?
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I've been looking for a free PD edition of Alexander Dumas The Pale Lady, but can't find one. As he died well over 70 years ago, I was wondering if there's a reason why this is not in the public domain; the translation, maybe.
Just out of curiosity, can anyone shine any light on this matter?
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I think that's because the work now published as a novelette under the title The Pale Lady originally formed the chapters from 12 onwards of the larger Dumas "collection" A Thousand and One Ghosts.

The Scheherazade-type book is available here in a German version but not an English one (unless I've missed it). The full french text in a nice format is available free from the Canadian website www.bibebook.com.

The English translation of The Pale Lady (there's a Kobo books preview) starts thus:
Chapter 1
Among the Carpathians


I am a Pole by birth, a native of Sandomir, a land where legends become articles of faith, and where we believe in our family traditions as firmly as in the Gospel – perhaps more firmly. Not one of our castles but has its spectre, not one of our cottages but owns its familiar spirit.

The French text of Chapter 12 of A Thousand and One Ghosts starts:

Chapitre 12
Les monts Carpathes


Je suis Polonaise, née à Sandomir, c’est-à-dire dans un pays où les légendes deviennent des articles de foi, où nous croyons à nos traditions de famille autant, plus peut-être qu’à l’Évangile. Pas un de nos châteaux qui n’ait son spectre, pas une de nos chaumières qui n’ait son esprit familier.

I hope this is some help.

[Edit] I think the larger Dumas book also appeared in English under the title Horror at Fontenay - you might try looking for that instead.

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Araucaria: thank you for the information, I will look for Horror at Fontenay.
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