Alexandre Dumas (1802 - 1870) was a famous French novelist and playwright of the 19th century. His father was 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.
He is one of the most-read French authors in history, and the second-most translated according to the UNESCO Index Translationum.
His son, also named Alexandre Dumas, was also a novelist and playwright; they are commonly distinguished by referring to the elder as Alexandre Dumas, père ("father"; or Alexandre Dumas Sr.), and the younger as Alexandre Dumas, fils ("son"; Alexandre Dumas Jr.).
Works by Dumas, père, include:
- The Count of Monte Cristo
- D'Artagnan Romances
- The Three Musketeers
- Twenty Years After
- The Vicomte of Bragelonne
- The Last Valois series
- The Woman with the Velvet Necklace
- The Black Tulip
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.
- In Fate/strange fake, he is summoned as the Servant False Caster. He is portrayed as an obnoxious hedonist who only cares about women and food, but he is a lot smarter than he looks and quickly masters using the Internet to gather information. In life, he helped smuggle weapons to Giuseppe Garibaldi and had a museum of ancient artifacts, which translates to an ability to create Noble Phantasms that are just as strong or stronger than the originals. Also, in this universe, Edmond Dantes was a real person (and eventually became an Avenger in Fate/Grand Order) whose experiences Dumas recorded in interviews to create The Count of Monte Cristo. Dumas did not give Dantes any royalties for the book, causing Dumas to comment that Dantes would probably try to kill him if he were around.
- 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.