Tuesday, December 22, 2015

If I Could Be Any Author...

Alexander Dumas (père);
Which pre-1950 author would I want to be and why?

Easy answer:

Alexandre Dumas (père): Not because his life was an easy one (it wasn't and he was his own worst enemy). Not because he had a bad habit of spending far more than he earned, which caused him to be a debtor on the run and die in poverty, utterly dependent on his son. Not only because he wrote some of the most awesome classics (The D'Artagnan Romances, The Count of Monte Cristo, Georges, The Fencing Master, to name a few). Not because he liberally borrowed ideas from everyone and anyone (I'm not going to debate the French Fiction Factory here).

Yes, he was a philanderer and a hedonist. Yes, he was the epitome of a bon vivant. Yes, his favorite topic was himself. Yes, he was a rabble rouser. Yes, he often bit the hand that helped him. Yes, he exuded that intangible, inexplicable yet joyous je ne sais quoi that drew men and women of all classes and causes to him. Yes, his greatest successes could be construed as cautionary tales.

Had I been his minder, his keeper, or his steward, I probably would have...killed him.

So why, oh why, would I want to be Alexandre Dumas?

By all accounts, he approached his days with great zeal. His determined enthusiasm and commitment to experiencing every high, low, and bump in the road showed in his prolific works. His writing never kept him from experiencing a life as great--if not greater than--any of his characters.

I envy his ardor, his fervor, and his fearlessness. 

If I could become one of the Greats of Authors Past, I would be the man who gave birth to the tragic heroes of D'Artagnan, Dantes; I would be one part Sicilian Bandit and one part Prussian Terror. I would be Alexandre Dumas (père).

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    1. :D His life would have been one hell of an adventure!

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  2. Well darn, now I have to pick another one! My discussion was going to be much less erudite :)

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    1. I'm happy to share! The only thing better than one body-thief is two! :D Wait, I think this is the start of some great flashfic. LOL.

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