aka Dumas pere (Dumas the father)
The son of one of Napoleon's Generals,
Dumas' fame rests primarily on his excellent novels, The Three
Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo and the sequels
these works generated. Dumas also wrote for the stage, and enjoyed
popular success there. His works were not so much concerned with
the accuracy of their historical information as they were for
the development of their characters, and the creation of a satisfying
Dumas' success allowed him to live
in a lavish manner, but his spending soon outdistanced his income,
and he was forced to write voluminously in order to pay the bills.
His later output was mostly in feature articles for newspapers
and magazines, travel books, and "translations" (really,
rewrites) of the stories of non-French authors. It is through
his retelling of Hoffman's "The Nutcracker and the Mouse-King"
that we get the libretto for The Nutcracker.
His illegitimate son, also named
Alexandre Dumas, aka Dumas fils (Dumas the son), was the author
of La Dame aux Camellias, the source of the opera La
Traviata and Sir Frederick Ashton's ballet Marguerite
It may be of interest to point
out that the elder Dumas' grandmother was a Haitienne Noire,
and thus the two authors may be considered to have had