Alexandre Dumas is one of the most prolific and popular French writers of all time. He was a first-class dramatist and historical novelist and the king of storytellers. He wrote over 1200 volumes in his lifetime, made up of 250 plays, novels, travelogues and memoirs; he was among the first writers in France to use the possibilities of the

roman feuilleton

(serialised novel). He is especially known for

Le Comte de Monte Cristo

,

Les Trois Mousquetaires

and

La Reine Margot

, novels that are filled with swordfights, beautiful women, heroic men, cloak-and-dagger episodes and narrow escapes. Yet, there is another dimension to his writings: no other French writer of the nineteenth century has depicted scenes of political intrigues, vengeance, perversion, graphic eroticism, poisonings, torture,…

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Citation: Tirven-Gadum, Vina. "Alexandre Dumas (père)". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 September 2010 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1345, accessed 14 April 2024.]

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