Alexandre Dumas

French author of historical novels and famed womaniser.

24/07/1802 - 05/12/1870

Alexandre Dumas biography and information

Alexandre Dumas was one of the most popular French authors of the 19th century. He is best known for writing historical novels such as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. He was one of the earliest authors to fully use the possibilities provided by the serial novel that kept readers gripped as the story unfolded.

He was hugely successful in his lifetime but rarely held on to his money as he spent it on his expensive lifestyle and women. One recent historian suspects Dumas of having up to forty mistresses. He created over 250 books with the help of an army of assistants, most noticeably the historian Auguste Maquet who would compose the plots and Dumas would elaborate, writing the details, dialogue and final chapters.

Dumas died of a stroke on 5th December 1870 at Puys, near Dieppe leaving behind at least four children from his numerous liaisons.

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