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Alexandre Dumas
(July 1802 – December 1870)

Alexandre Dumas (born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie) was a French writer, best known for his historical novels  which have made himone of the most famous French authors in the world. He also wrote plays and magazine articles and was a prolific correspondent.

His father was a general in Napoleon's army buthe fell out of favor when he was born and his family became poor. Thomas-Alexandre Dumas died in 1806, when his son was still a child. His widow could not provide her son with muchof an education, but Dumas read everything he could obtain. His mother's stories of his father's bravery inspired Dumas' imagination.

In 1822, twenty-year-old Alexandre Dumasmoved to Paris, where he worked at the Palais Royal in the office of duc d'Orléans, ouis Philippe. While he was in Paris, Dumas began writing for magazines and plays for the theater.His first play, “Henry III and His Court”, was produced in 1829. The next year his second play, “Christine”, was equally popular, and he was financially able to work full time onwriting.

In 1830 he participated in the Revolution which replaced him on the throne with the Duc d'Orléans. When the nation began to industrialize, and with an improving economythe times were very rewarding for the skills of Alexandre Dumas.

After writing more successful plays, he turned his efforts to novels. Although attracted to an extravagantlifestyle, and always spending more than he earned, Dumas proved to be an astute marketer. Since newspapers wanted many serial novels, in 1838 Dumas rewrote one of his plays to createhis first serial novel, titled Le Capitaine Paul, which led to his forming a production studio that turned out hundreds of stories, all subject to his personal input and direction.