Dumas Alexandre 1802 - 1870 (68)

All for one, one for all, that is our device.


The Three Musketeers

Alexandre Dumas (father to distinguish himself from his son who was also a writer) was a French novelist, playwright and columnist. He had huge success, especially with the novels: "Count Montechristos" and "The Three Musketeers" which were first published in sequels. He was born on July 24, 1802, in Picardy, northern France, to Caribbean parents. He lost his father at 4 and his family went through financial difficulties, Alexander could not afford to study and he was forced to work from an early age. To supplement his income, in the various low-paying jobs he was forced to do, he began writing articles and plays, mostly comedies, which were quite successful on stage.

He then began writing novels that were hugely successful both in France and abroad. Alexander Dumas had 4 children with different women. He was like an exuberant, cheerful and submissive character, unstable in his personal life as he loved women, travel, luxury; in the end, he wasted all the money he had earned from his books and he had to turned to his son for help when he was found penniless and chased by creditors. He died at his son's house in Pui, on December 5, 1870.