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The Wolf-Leader (1904)
by Alexandre Dumas
Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
Weight: 0.4 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.8 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 0548787344
ISBN 13: 9780548787342
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The Wolf Leader is an English translation by Alfred Allinson of Le Meneur de loups, an 1857 fantasy novel by Alexandre Dumas. Allinson's translation was first published in London by Methuen in 1904 under the title The Wolf Leader; the first American edition, edited and somewhat cut by L. Sprague de Camp and illustrated by Mahlon Blaine, was issued under the present title by Prime Press in 1950. The text was also serialized in eight parts in the pulp magazine Weird Tales in the issues for August, 1931 March, 1932.Le Meneur de Loups is set around 1780 in Dumas' native town of Villers Cotter ts, and is supposedly based on a local folk tale Dumas heard as a child. The story concerns Thibault, a shoe maker, who is beaten by the gamekeeper of the Lord of Vez for interfering with the lord's hunting. Afterwards he encounters a huge wolf, walking on its hind legs like a man, who offers him vengeance; Thibault may wish harm on any person in return for one of his own hairs for each wish. To seal the agreement, the two exchange rings. As a result of this bargain he also finds himself able to command the local wolves, and hence gradually gains the reputation of being a werewolf.Thibault's first two wishes kill the gamekeeper and injure the Lord of Vez. The wishes turn two hairs on his head long and red, as do his subsequent ones, which, though equally successful, also backfire against him in unexpected ways, leaving him scorned and hated by others in his community. Finally one of his wishes causes him to trade bodies with Lord Raoul of Vauparfond, who is having an affair with the wife of the Count de Mont Gobert. Now, because I don't want to tell the entire story in this plot summary, I will leave it at that. Are there more wishes and what are they? How else do the wolves sustain him? Is there any chance for redemption? summary from Wikipedia


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