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Dumas Alexandre
(18021870)

Dumas Alexandre (18021870)

French novelist and dramatist. His father (an illegitimate son of the marquis de la Pailleterie and a black woman, Louise Cosette Dumas), was a general in the Revolution. Dumas delighted many generations of readers with his highly romantic novels immortalizing the adventures of the Three Musketeers and the Count of Monte Cristo. Largely self-educated, Dumas was a flamboyant youth with a gift for storytelling and a penchant for love affairs. At the age of 20 he obtained a minor post with the duc dOrléans in Paris, and later he was active in the Revolution of 1830. His first successes were the historical dramas Henri III et sa cour (1829), Christine (1830), Antony (1831), and La Tour de Nesle (1832), notable for its evocation of the Middle Ages. After a number of novels, written independently or in collaboration, he produced his great triumphs, The Three Musketeers (1844, tr. 1846) and its sequelsTwenty Years After (1845, tr. 1846) and The Vicomte de Bragelonne (184850, tr. 1850?)and The Count of Monte Cristo (1845, tr. 1846), which in its dramatic version was made famous by James ONeill. Although these historical novels and their successors, written with the aid of numerous collaborators, especially Auguste Maquet, are scorned by critics, who find them lacking in style and characterization, they have had enormous popularity and have been translated into nearly every language. Among his other works are Queen Margot (1845, tr. 1845), The Lady of Monsoreau (1846, tr. 1847), The Forty-Five (1848), The Black Tulip (1850), and The Journal of Madame Giovanni (tr. 1944). Dumas pères incredible output of novels, travel works, memoirs, and historical studies made him wealthy, but he spent more than he earned on a horde of pensioners at his home, Monte-Cristo, near Saint-Germain. His memoirs (185254) end with the year 1832. He was interested in Italian unification, and among his activities was a part in Garibaldis expedition in 1860.


Belgium, 1981, D'Artagnan and Woltj (puppets)

France, 1970, Alexandre Dumas

France, 1997, D'Artagnan

France, 2002, Alexandre Dumas

France, 2003, Edmond Dantes

Georgia, 2002, Alexandre Dumas

Great Britain, 2011, Blood Brothers

Haiti, 1935, Three Dumas

Haiti, 1935, Three Dumas

Haiti, 1935, Three Dumas

Haiti, 1961, Dumas Pere and Musketeer

Haiti, 1961, Alexandre Dumas (father and son)

Haiti, 1961, Dumas Pere and Musketeers

Haiti, 1961, Dumas Pere and The Count of Monte Cristo

Mauritius, 2008, Alexandre Dumas

Moldova, 2002, Alexandre Dumas

Monaco, 1970, Alexandre Dumas, Musketeers

Monaco, 2002, Alexandre Dumas

Monaco, 2002, Scenes from books

Mozambique, 2012, Works of Alexandre Dumas

Mozambique, 2012, Alexandre Dumas, Edmond Dantes

Rumania, 2002, Alexandre Dumas

USA, 1984, Fairbanks as d'Artagnan

France, Paris, post office on rue Alexandre Dumas

France, 1970.04.11, Villers-Cotterets. Alexandre Dumas

France, 1995/2000, Auch. D'Artagnan

France, 1997.10.25, Paris. D'Artagnan

France, 2002.10.2627, Villers-Cotterets. Alexandre Dumas

France, 2002.11.30, Paris. Pantheon

France, 2002.11.30, Villers-Cotterets. Alexandr Dumas

France, 20022006, Villers-Cotterets. Alexandr Dumas

France, 2003.08.30, Paris. Castel If

France, 1997, D'Artagnan

France, 2000, D'Artagnan

France, 2003, D'Artagnan

France, 2004, D'Artagnan statue in Auch

France, 2004, La Fontaine, Racine, Dumas

France, 2005, D'Artagnan

France, 2005, D'Artagnan statue in Auch

France, 2005/2006, D'Artagnan, Le Grand Parc Puy du Fou

Bulgaria, 2002.09.18, Alexandre Dumas

Portugal, 2006, Statue of Abbé Faria in Panjim, Goa

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