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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Muskateers (Les Trois Mousequetaires); nineteenth century French Literature
Alexandre Dumas Sr.
(1802 - 1870)

 
Category:  French Literature
 
Born:  July 24, 1802
Villers-Cotterêts, France
 
Died:  December 5, 1870
Puys (near Dieppe), France
 
Related authors:
Honore de Balzac, Victor Hugo
 
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Alexandre Dumas Sr. - LIFE STORIES
 
 
1/5/1825     Dumas, Musketeer-Style
On this day in 1825, twenty-three-year-old Alexandre Dumas (Sr.) embarked on his self-proclaimed "career as a romantic" by fighting his first duel, and having his pants fall down. Dumas's memoirs are about as reliable as his mountain of historical fiction and drama, but they tell the pants story in glorious, comedy-of-errors, Three Musketeers detail.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
The Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas
fiction
 
The Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas, Bill Homewood (Reader)
audio CD
 
The Man in the Iron Mask   (Ten Years Later, or The Vicomte Bragelonne)
by Alexandre Dumas
fiction
 
The Man in the Iron Mask
by Alexandre Dumas, Bill Homewood (Reader)
audio CD
 
The Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas
fiction
 
The Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas, Bill Homewood (Reader)
audio CD
 
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This French-language website offers a short biography, chronology of events in the author's life, plot summaries of Les trois mousquetaires and Le comte de Monte-Cristo, and links to online resources.
Essay: "The Man in the Iron Mask"
An essay by Dumas on the mystery of the man in the iron mask.

"Who was the Man in the Mask? Was he rapt away into this silent seclusion from the luxury of a court, from the intrigues of diplomacy, from the scaffold of a traitor, from the clash of battle? What did he leave behind? Love, glory, or a throne? ..."
History of Dumas' Muskateers
A fan site offers excerpts of historical texts to determine the factual and fictional elements of the author's works. Find biographies of Anne of Austria, Athos, Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Cardinal Richelieu, Duke of Buckingham, Madame de Chevreuse, Colbert, Duc de Beaufort, Nicolas Fouquet, Monsieur Laporte, Dame Peronne, Prince Philippe, Chancellor Séguier, King Charles Stuart (Charles I of England), and Louise de la Vallière.

"There is some question as to whether the Musketeers even existed, at least in the form described by Dumas. John Noone, in The Man Behind the Iron Mask, while not addressing this, does mention the Musketeers often in passing. ... So was there a Man in an Iron Mask? No one knows for sure. There was certainly a mysterious long-time prisoner. The records of his jailer, Saint-Mars, and the records of the Bastille, make this certain. Whether this prisoner ever wore an iron mask, whether it was always velvet, or whether it was ever worn at all inside of the prisons, remains open to conjecture."
Online Books Page
Find electronic texts including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Three Musketeers, 10 Years Later, 20 Years After, The Vicomte de Bragelone, and other works.
The Alexandre Pere Web Site
Find a short biography in English and French, and a vast searchable bibliography, biographies of friends and acquaintances, and 200+ illustrations from Le Comte de Monte Cristo, Les Trois Mousquetaires, Le Vicomte de Bragelonne, ou Dix ans plus tard, Vingt Ans après, and other works.

"His most successful novels are not deep, but contain marvelous adventures and actions, and bigger-than-life characters. He wrote many historical novels where he took great liberty with the truth in order to achieve a good story, but never claimed that they were historically accurate."
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