Creator / Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas, père

Alexandre Dumas is the name of a father-son pair of famous French novelists and playwrights of the 19th century. The two are descended from a French general who rose to prominence during the Revolution, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, who was nicknamed "The Black Devil" for his courage and African (by way of Haiti) ancestry.

Alexandre Dumas, père (1802 - 1870) is best remembered for his historical adventure novels, which include The Count of Monte Cristo and the series that begins with The Three Musketeers.

He is one of the most-read French authors in history, and the second-most translated according to the UNESCO Index Translationum.

He is also the Trope Codifier for the Swashbuckler genre.

Alexandre Dumas, fils (1824 - 1895) is best remembered for a romantic novel, La Dame aux Camélias (The Lady of the Camellias), which he also adapted for the stage, and which was subsequently the basis of Giuseppe Verdi's opera La Traviata.

Works by Dumas, père, include:

Other works by Dumas, père, include examples of:

  • Ancient Conspiracy: In Joseph Balsamo, a secret society led by a Great Copt seeks to radically usher in the French Revolution by behind-the-scenes shenanigans.
  • Historical-Domain Character: He appears occasionally in movies. One notable instance is Roberto Rossellini's Viva L'Italia where he appears, dressed in a dapper white suit, to meet Giuseppe Garibaldi after he takes Palermo. True enough, the real Dumas did indeed write a report on Garibaldi's expedition.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: In Les Quarante-Cinq/The Forty-Five Guardsmen, we are informed that they have no uniform and, since they are just arrived in Paris, they are provided with money to buy new clothes; the results were a motley assortment of styles and decorations, "generally in bad taste".
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Le Chevalier de Sainte-Hermine features alligators, vampire bats (only mentioned by the main character) and the Kraken (mentioned by the narrator) as creatures that can be encountered in the jungles and lakes of, wait for it... India.