Alexandre Dumas

Playwright, Author

1802 – 1870


Who was Alexandre Dumas?

Alexandre Dumas, also known as Alexandre Dumas, père, was a French writer, best known for his historical novels of high adventure. Translated into nearly 100 languages, these have made him one of the most widely read French authors in history. Many of his novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later were originally published as serials. 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 a scholar and published in 2005, becoming a bestseller. 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 totaled 100,000 pages. In the 1840s, Dumas founded the Théâtre Historique in Paris.

Dumas' father was born in Saint-Domingue to a French nobleman and an enslaved African woman. His father's aristocratic rank helped young Alexandre acquire work with Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans.


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Jul 24, 1802
Also known as
  • Dumas Alexandre
  • Alexandre Dumas, père
  • Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie
  • Alexandre Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie
  • Alejandro Dumas
  • Alexander Dumas
  • France
Dec 5, 1870
Resting place
Panthéon, Paris

on July 23, 2013