Eco and Dumas

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Eco has a long history of admiring and referencing the works of Dumas.

Postscript to Name of the Rose

Eco briefly mentions Dumas in three contexts:

  • book titles (when discussing what to title Name of the Rose, refers to title of The Three Musketeers, which in actuality is the tale of the fourth, untitular, musketeer D'Artagnan).
  • irony, plot, and examples from 19th century escapist fiction greats, e.g. Dumas.
  • discussing the nature of historical fiction.

Foucault's Pendulum

Dumas is mentioned by the characters twice and cited once in the quotation heading chapter 97, all times in relation to Guiseppe Balsano, the novel which would be plagiarized to end up in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which Eco would later devote an entire novel to, The Prague Cemetery. More on Dumas and the Protocols.

Island of the Day Before

  • Cardinal Richelieu, who figured large in Dumas novels, appears as a character.
  • supposedly contains allusions to The 3 Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask. More needed...

The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

  • There is a passing reference to Man in the Iron Mask in one of the pastiches, on page 4, and some Dumas works listed on page 124


Eco's Nonfiction