La Constantin by Alexandre Dumas

This antiquarian book contains Alexandre Dumas’s work “La Constantin”.

First published as part of his eight-volume series “Celebrated Crimes” (1839–40), it recounts the semi-fictionalised story of Marie Leroux and her accomplice Claude. A history of the retribution which overtook these dastardly criminals, this tale of low morals and deep corruption in seventeenth century France will appeal to lovers of true crime literature. “La Constantin” is not to be missed by fans and collectors of Dumas’s fantastic work.

Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) was a famous French writer. He is best remembered for his exciting romantic sagas, including “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo”. Despite making a great deal of money from his writing, Dumas was almost perpetually penniless thanks to his extravagant lifestyle. The works of Alexandre Dumas have since been translated into nearly a hundred different languages, and have inspired over two hundred motion pictures.

Many vintage texts such as “La Constantin” are becoming increasingly rare and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now, in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

Dumas on ‘La Constantin’:

Before beginning our story, we must warn the reader that it will not be worth his while to make researches among contemporary or other records as to the personag whose name it bears. For in truth neither Marie Leroux, widow of Jacques Constan in, nor her accomplice, Claude Perregaud, was of sufficient importance to find a place on any list of great criminals, although it is certain that they were guilty of the crimes with which they were charged.


Here, at Alexandre Dumas Works, you can find the best of this of this scintillating author’s historical novels, essays, plays, and travel books.

We also have a biography of Alexandre Dumas, recounting a personal life almost as tumultuous as the fiction he penned, as well as a constantly updated selection of his quotes, anecdotes, and wisdom.

Through republishing works such as ‘La Constantin’, it is hoped that the writing of this most widely read of French authors, can continue to delight – almost two centuries after its initial publication.