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Alexandre Dumas

Dumas in 1855
Dumas in 1855

Born

Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie24 July 1802 Villers-Cotterêts, Aisne, First French Republic

Died

5 December 1870 Puys, Seine-Maritime, Republic of France

Occupation

Novelist, playwright

Nationality

French

Period

1829–1869

Literary movement

Romanticism and Historical fiction

Notable works

The Three MusketeersThe Count of Monte Cristo

Relatives

  • Thomas-Alexandre Dumas
  • Marie-Cessette Dumas
  • Alexandre Dumas fils
  • Alexandre Lippmann

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Alexandre Dumas , also known as Alexandre Dumas père , was a French writer. His works have been translated into many languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors. Many of his historical novels of high adventure were originally published as serials, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later. His novels have been adapted since the early twentieth century for nearly 200 films. Dumas' last novel, The Knight of Sainte-Hermine, unfinished at his death, was completed by scholar Claude Schopp and published in 2005. It was published in English in 2008 as The Last Cavalier.

Prolific in several genres, Dumas began his career by writing plays, which were successfully produced from the first. He also wrote numerous magazine articles and travel books; his published works totalled 100,000 pages. In the 1840s, Dumas founded the Théâtre Historique in Paris.

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