Wednesday 10 February 2010

“You Have Written a Masterpiece – But You Are Not a Name”.

Interesting piece in the Telegraph today about Alexandre Dumas, author of 'The Three Musketeers' and 'The Count of Monte Cristo', and his ghost writer, or ‘nègre’ as folks like me are sweetly referred to over there, Auguste Jules Maquet.

“In the 1830s,” the piece claims, “Maquet, a novelist and playwright, had tried to have his works published but was told: ‘You have written a masterpiece, but you’re not a name and we only want names’.”

Plus ça change is all I can say.

1 comment:

Nicola Morgan said...

That's fascinating!

BTW, one of my favourite books as a teenager was AD's The Black Tulip - and it's about ten times gorier than the goriest stuff written for teenagers now, even by me...