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February 12 , 2009

The Black Tulip


Can you grow a black tulip? Cornelius van Baerle entered Haarlem’s gardening competition hoping for an opportunity to win the ƒ100,000 prize. He ended the competition in the Loevestein prison. His only comfort is the beautiful daughter of his guard, who eventually wonders if she can successfully help Cornelius escape…
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Beginning with the 1672 lynching of the Dutch Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelius, “The Black Tulip” is gripping fiction rooted in historical fact. Dumas gradually allows his readers glimpses into the connections between his characters and the time period he chose to set them in, all while spinning a tale dramatic enough to stand on its own.

Alexandre Dumas is the French 19th century author responsible for such literary classics as “The Three Musketeers,” “The Count of Monte Cristo”, and dozens of novels, plays, and non-fiction essays that contributed to the Romanticist movement. Several of his novels are now regarded as required reading for lovers of literature. 

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