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Auguste Maquet (French pronunciation: [oɡyst makɛ]; 13 September 1813, Paris – 8 January 1888) was a French author, best known as the chief collaborator of French novelist Alexandre Dumas, père, co-writing such works as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
Maquet was born in Paris in 1813. He studied at the Lycée Charlemagne where he became a professor at the age of 18. Trained as a historian, he turned to literature, and became close with such literary figures as Théophile Gautier and Gérard de Nerval. Through Nerval, he became acquainted with the already famous Dumas in 1838. Dumas was given a play by Maquet and rewrote it, producing the successful drama Bathilde.
The two started writing historical romances together, with Maquet outlining the plot and characters in draft form and Dumas adding colorful dialogue and details. At the insistence of the publisher, Maquet's name was left off the title page, and in return he received generous fees. In 1861, he became an officer of the Légion d'honneur. Unlike Dumas, Maquet died comfortably well-off. He is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
Maquet collaborated with Dumas on eighteen novels, and many plays. Among the works he co-authored with Dumas are:
Maquet also wrote a number of historical novels and plays on his own.
- Schopp, Claude (1988). Alexandre Dumas, Genius of Life. trans. by A. J. Koch. New York, Toronto: Franklin Watts. ISBN 0-531-15093-3.
- Reed, F.W. (Frank Wild) (1933). A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père. Pinner Hill, Middlesex: J.A. Neuhuys. OCLC 1420223.
Tomb of Auguste Maquet at Père Lachaise.