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Alexandre Dumas - Author

About the Author

Alexandre Dumas was born in the town of Villers-Cotterêts, in France, on the 24th July, 1802, the son of a general. In 1822 he moved to Paris where his relationship with a dressmaker resulted in the birth of an illegitimate son. Dumas was working as a scribe in the Palais Royal for the duc d’Orléans and had begun to write. On the 11th February, 1829 his Henry III and His Court  was a huge success. Over the next ten years Dumas wrote many plays including Antony (1831) and La Tour The Tower of Nesle (1832). During this period he had also become involved in the July Revolution of 1830 as a republican partisan. In 1832 he left France for a tour of Switzerland, producing a travelogue while away.

In 1840 Dumas had a short-lived marriage to the actress Ida Ferrier (they separated in 1846), which did not stop his liaisons with other women or his extravagant lifestyle. Two years later Dumas (in collaboration with Auguste Maquet) serialised Le Chavlier d’Harmental in Le Siècle  – the first of a series of historical romances. The two men worked together for some years, publishing many books which were serialised in the Parisian papers. It was during this period that Dumas wrote the d’Artagnan trilogy. However, his greatest success was The Count of Monte Cristo  which was serialised between 1844 and 1845.

After taking on the Théâtre Historique (1847), which failed, Dumas faced bankruptcy and fled temporarily to Belgium. This was followed by four years in Naples working for the cause of Italian independence. In 1864 he returned to Paris and later began a flamboyant affair with a young American actress, Ada Menken. His last play, The Whites and the Blues  opened in 1869. On the 5th December, 1870 Dumas said of death: ‘I shall tell her a story and she will be kind to me’. He died shortly afterwards near Dieppe, the author of more than three hundred volumes of novels, travel books, memoirs and plays.

Featured books by Alexandre Dumas

The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

The young Gascon d'Artagnan and the legendary musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis are ready to sacrifice everything for love, glory and the common good. The wicked machinations of Cardinal Richelieu and his accomplice, the magnetic Milady de Winter, propel the devoted friends across seas and battlefields from masked balls to a remote convent, in order to defend the honour of the Queen and the life of Constance Bonacieux, d'Artagnan's true love. Dashing, knockabout, romantic, violent, chilling and tragic, this buoyant new translation of The Three Musketeers brings Dumas' masterpiece to joyful life.

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Other books by Alexandre Dumas

Twenty Years After A Sequel to The Three Musketeers

Twenty Years After A Sequel to The Three Musketeers

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2019

The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

One of the best-loved adventures of all time. When young D'Artagnan comes to Paris to seek his fortune, he is challenged to a duel with not one, but three of the king's Musketeers. But Athos, Porthos and Aramis become his trusted friends as he tries to prove himself worthy of becoming a fourth Musketeer.

The Three Musketeers - Foxton Reader Level-3 (900 Headwords B1)

The Three Musketeers - Foxton Reader Level-3 (900 Headwords B1)

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/08/2019

The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2019

Camille (La Dame Aux Camilias)

Camille (La Dame Aux Camilias)

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2019

Louise De La Valliere

Louise De La Valliere

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2019

The Three Musketeers (Volume I)

The Three Musketeers (Volume I)

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2019

The Vicomte De Bragelonne

The Vicomte De Bragelonne

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2019

The Three Musketeers (Complete)

The Three Musketeers (Complete)

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2019

The Three Musketeers (Volume II)

The Three Musketeers (Volume II)

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2019

The Black Tulip

The Black Tulip

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2019

The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2019

The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2019

The Vicomte De Bragelonne

The Vicomte De Bragelonne

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2019

Ten Years Later

Ten Years Later

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/05/2019

The Man in the Iron Mask

The Man in the Iron Mask

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2019

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