Books: High-Yellow Fictioneer

THE INCREDIBLE MARQUIS: Alexandre Dumas -Herbert Gorman -Farrar & Rinehart ($5).

The Man. Quadroon son of a black-mothered father, Napoleon's reckless General Alexandre Dumas, born in July 1802, was blue-eyed, thick-lipped, with fairish, crisply negroid hair. His skin's yellow was so high it was almost white. His mother found him, aged 3, climbing stairs with a musket. Alexandre explained he was on his way to heaven: "I am going to kill God for killing my father." Better than God the boy liked the Arabian Nights, Buffon's Natural...

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