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


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 [, accessed 14 April 2024.]

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