In March and April, the RAT Genre study program will cover Biography/Autobiography. Our benchmark title will be The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss.
This is a fascinating book about General Alex Dumas, an individual you may have never of heard of before. Although you have probably heard of his son, famous French novelist Alexandre Dumas! He is author of such classic novels as The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo
both of which were based (in part) on the life and exploits of his father!
From the publisher, Random House:
"General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today, yet his story is strikingly familiar—because his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used his larger-than-life feats as inspiration for such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
But, hidden behind General Dumas's swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret: he was the son of a black slave—who rose higher in the white world than any man of his race would before our own time."
The Biography/Autobiography book discussion will be held at General Administration on Wednesday, March 26 starting at 9:00 AM. Copies of the benchmark are available at GA by contacting Lucy, the RAT Queen: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about The Black Count, look under the Benchmarks tab.