The Works Of Alexandre Dumas

The Knight of Sainte-Hermine
The Knight of Sainte-Hermine

When Alexandre Dumas was born in 24th of July the year 1802, he was given the name Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie. He was a talented French author whose books have been translated to numerous languages to date. He wrote many historical novels that were filled with adventure and had them published in progression. Some of the novels such as The Three Musketeers, The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten years later, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Twenty Years After came out as serials.

So good was his work such that more than 200 films have been produced out of them. See facts about the Alatriste film.

By the time he died at the age of 68 years, he was in the process of completing The Knight of Sainte-Hermine which was later completed by Claude Schopp a scholar during those days. The book was published in the year 2005.

Dumas’ Plays

Alexandre Dumas as a military man.
Alexandre Dumas as a military man in his younger years.

Dumas was talented in various categories. He kicked off his writing career by successful plays which were all produced. His first play Henry III and His Courts was published in the year 1829 when he was 27 years old. He followed it with Christine which also gained a good measure of popularity. He had a stint at writing travel journals and magazine articles. He went ahead and established the Theatre Historique in Paris France in the year 1840. To date 100,000 pages of His work has been published.

Alexandre’s father used to work in the military which saw him succeed and gain a powerful rank. He took advantage of that rank and assisted his son to begin working with the Duke of Orleans. It is while there that he began his writing career. However, when Louis Napoleon Bonaparte was elected in France, Alexandre could no longer find favor and had to leave for Belgium. He would later move to Russia and Italy. L’indipendente, his newspaper was established and published in

He collaborated with many friends for the composition of Celebrated Crime, a collection of eight volumes of essays detailing stories about the crimes and criminals of Europe. Among the featured criminals include Martin Guerre, Beatrice Cenci, Lucrezia Borgia, and Cesare. In his fencing master novel that was released in 1840, he worked with Augustin Grisier who gave an account of his encounter with the Decembrist revolt events.

Celebrated Crimes novel by Dumas
Celebrated Crimes novel by Alexandre Dumas

The novel was so intricate such that Czar Nicholas I banned it in Russia. In addition, Dumas was banned from setting his foot in Russia up until the Czar died. In his novels The Corsican Brothers and The Count of Monte Cristo, he demonstrates how much respect he held for Grisier.

As expected, his books earned him lots of money. However, it is said that he squandered it all on irrelevant things and living large. By the year 1846, he had constructed a huge country house which was named the Château de Monte-Cristo. Inside was an extra building which he used as his writing room. Based on the fact that he was very generous, the house never ran dry of visitors, both acquaintances and strangers. He would later sell the whole building due to financial instability.