The Three Musketeers Author:Alexandre Dumas With his great historical romance, The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas transformed four minor figures into legends. These four are, of course, D'Artagnan, a young seventeenth-century Gascon who travels to Paris to seek his fortune, and the bold adventurers who befriend him there—Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, three musketeers under Louis XI... more »II.
Tremendously successful as a serial, The Three Musketeers was one of the first historical novels to find an audience outside of the literary elite. Set in Paris in the 1620s, the book relates the exciting and engagingly melodramatic story of its noble protagonists, who risk their lives continually in pursuit of honor ... and good fun. When D'Artagnan's landlord solicits his help in finding his missing wife, a seamstress to the royal court, the musketeers are soon caught up in the complicated twists of intrigue and adultery that grow from the relationships between Louis XIII, Cardinal Richelieu, the Duke of Buckingham, and the Queen.
Dumas found his inspiration for Les Trois Mousquetaires, as the novel is called in French, from an obscure and unremarkable book by Gatien Courtilz de Sandras. Written with the aid of Auguste Maquet, Dumas' novel appeared in serial form in Le Siecle beginning on March 14, 1844.« less