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Eugène Sue (1804–1857)

Author of The Mysteries of Paris

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About the Author

Eugene Sue was a contemporary of Dickens and Thackeray. Immensely succesful, he was known as "the king of the popular novel." One of the most elegant members of Parisian society, he was a passionate horse-lover and eager to do all he could to help improve the quality of French bloodstock Alex de show more Jonge was an Oxford don for most of his professional life. He is the author of numerous books and articles on a wide variety of subjects and has appeared on A&E's Biography and The History Channel. He and his wife live on a horse farm in Virginia show less
Image credit: Eugène Sue (13 janvier 1844) de Richard James Lane, imprimé par C. Graf, publié par Goupil & Vibert, d'après Alfred, lithographie du comte d'Orsay


Works by Eugène Sue

The Mysteries of Paris (1842) 323 copies
The Wandering Jew (1844) 300 copies
The Wandering Jew, Volume I (1892) 41 copies
The King of the Winds (1830) 15 copies
Latréaumont (1969) 12 copies
The Godolphin Arabian (2003) 12 copies
The knight of Malta; (2012) 10 copies
Atar-Gull (1958) 7 copies
La salamandre 2 copies
The galley slave's ring (2011) 2 copies
Plik et Plok (2021) 1 copy
Parizhskie tajny (2023) 1 copy
A Cardinal Sin (2011) 1 copy
Nowele 1 copy
Les Vampires 1 copy
Paiata Vol.2 1 copy
Paiata 1 copy

Associated Works

The Dedalus Book of French Horror: The 19th Century (1998) — Contributor — 82 copies
The Vampire Omnibus (1995) — Contributor — 80 copies
Great Nineteenth-Century French Short Stories (1960) — Contributor — 33 copies
The World's Greatest Books Volume 08 Fiction (1910) — Contributor — 24 copies
Penny Dreadful Multipack Vol. 3 (2014) — Author — 18 copies


Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Sue, Eugène
Legal name
Sue, Marie-Joseph
Other names
Sue, Eugene
Date of death
Burial location
Cimetière de Loverchy, Annecy, France
Paris, France
Place of death
Annecy, France
Lycée Condorcet, Paris, France
short-story writer
naval surgeon
Gudin, Théodore (Ami)
Beauharnais, Eugène de (Parrain
Département de la Seine, Député, 18 50 l 188 51)
Marine française (Chirurgien, 19 26 l 19 29)
Jockey Club, Paris (Adhérent, 1834)
Awards and honors
Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (1839)
Short biography
Eugéne Sue, French novelist, was born in Paris on the 26th of January 1804. He was the son of a distinguished surgeon in Napoleon's army, and is said to have had the empress Josephine for godmother. Sue himself acted as surgeon both in the Spanish campaign undertaken by France in 1823 and at the battle of Navarino (1828). In 1829 his father's death put him in possession of a considerable fortune, and he settled in Paris. His naval experiences supplied much of the materials of his first novels, which were composed at the height of the romantic movement of 1830. He was strongly affected by the Socialist ideas of the day, and these prompted his most famous works: "Les Mystères de Paris" and "Le Juif errant", which were among the most popular specimens of the _roman-feuilleton_. He followed these up with some singular and not very edifying books: "Les Sept péchés capitaux," which contained stories to illustrate each sin, "Les Mystères du peuple," which was suppressed by the censor in 1857, and several others, all on a very large scale, though the number of volumes gives an exaggerated idea of their length. Some of his books, among them "Le Juif errant" and "Le Mystéres de Paris," were dramatized by himself, usually in collaboration with others. His period of greatest success and popularity coincided with that of Alexandre Dumas, with whom some writers have put him on an equality. Sue has neither Dumas's wide range of subject, nor, above all, his faculty of conducting the story by means of lively dialogue; he has, however, a command of terror which Dumas seldom or never attained. From the literary point of view his style is bad, and his construction prolix. After the revolution of 1848 he sat for Paris (the Seine) in the Assembly from April 1850, and was exiled in consequence of his protest against the _coup d'état_ of the 2nd of December 1851. This exile stimulated his literary production, but the works of his last days are on the whole much inferior to those of his middle period. Sue died at Annecy (Savoy) on the 3rd of August 1857.



ok- i only read Book 1 (of how many books- maybe 12)? but that was hundreds of pages (?). I say "read" i mean "listened to" - via LibriVox with so many different readers - a new one for most chapters. What a great story! Maybe not up to Dumas, but that is as high as it goes, no? Our protag - a mysterious man in the shadows, saves a poor woman from being man handled by a roustabout in the initial scene. Turns out our protag is an extraordinary fighter (!) as the roustabout acknowledges (as he is not too shabby himself). These 3 characters will be launched in this way to a varied adventure - they're all great and a bit of 3 musketeers about them. The protag is a secret nobleman from some place in Germany but out to do good with his influence, money and fisticuffs- so a bit of a super hero story. But so well told. I will read more, but chose to move on for now.… (more)
apende | 10 other reviews | Jul 12, 2022 |
This immensely long early 19th century French novel is by an author little known today but who was described by Victor Hugo as the French Dickens. In describing the lives and activities of a wide variety of strata of Parisian society of the time, this is an accurate description. There are moving descriptions of wretched poverty and the gap between rich and poor, redolent of Dickens. Perhaps more pertinently, this novel is also seen as a precursor of Hugo's Les Miserables, and so it is in structure and multiplicity of characters of various backgrounds. There are some colourful characters, especially the villains, though they lack the grandeur of the leading personalities of Hugo's masterpiece. I haven't quite managed to finish this novel and have stopped reading it some 80% of the way through - though I may be tempted to finish it some day. This definitely should be better known.… (more)
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john257hopper | 10 other reviews | Sep 30, 2021 |
Not Proust!!! Yet, despite it's age (circa 1840), style (trite & melodramatic), and length (over 1300 pages), The Mysteries of Paris is a surprisingly entertaining read. Multiple plots and diverse characters populate this "epic" story. Originally presented in newspaper installments, the book features short chapters with more than a few cliff hangers. A prominent, and ultimately tiring aspect, is the author's overt insertion of his observations and recommendations for social progress. It seems his work and he himself did help bring about needed reform. None-the-less, the work's likely most enduring value is as a historical snapshot of Paris' underbelly of the time.… (more)
colligan | 10 other reviews | Sep 5, 2021 |
Un livre fascinant. Je l'ai lu à l'âge de 15-16 ans, j'ai été transportée dans ce Paris d'un autre siècle. Les personnages sont attachants, il est très facile de rentrer dans l'histoire (ou plutôt les histoires). Ce livre m'a fait réfléchir sur la société de l'époque, mais aussi sur celle de maintenant. Je regrette sincèrement que les autres ouvrages d'Eugène Sue soient si difficiles à trouver en version papier. Cette oeuvre est la plus facile à trouver et je la recommande fortement.… (more)
JulietteGF | 10 other reviews | Mar 27, 2018 |



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