Who is Alexandre Dumas?

Alexandre Dumas was a well known19th century France based writer. He is famous for his writing over the world, and his writings have been translated into many languages by many authors. He is considered as one of the most read among the authors. Furthermore, he is widely known for his legendary adventurous and historical novels and also for travel books, essays, and articles. The writer had started his writing career by writings articles, essays, and plays. This motivated him to publish serialized format in newspapers and eventually novels. The prolific author’s work has been praised over the world and has been translated to more than 100 languages and also adapted by more than 200 films.

Quick Info
Full NameDumas Davy de la Pailleterie
Birth DateJuly 24, 1802
Death DateDecember 7, 1870
Death Age68
Death PlaceDieppe, Seine-Maritime, French Third Republic
ParentsFather: Thomas-Alexandre Dumas
Mother: Marie-Louise Labouret
BrothersMarie-Alexandrine, Louise-Alexandrine
WifeIda Ferrier
Eye ColorBrown
Hair ColorBlack

Alexandre Dumas


The writer whose birth name was Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie was born on July 24, 1802. The writer died at the age of 68 on December 7, 1870, in Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, French Third Republic. He was a son to father, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas who was a French Army General who fought in the French Revolutionary Wars, and to mother, Marie-Louise Labouret. He was the younger brother to Marie-Alexandrine and to Louise-Alexandrine.

Nationality and Physical Statistics

Dumas was French by nationality and was multiracial as his grandmother was a black slave woman.

Besides, his height and weight are unknown. He had brown eyes and black hair.

Early Life 

The writer did not get a chance to attain an elite school for education as her mother could not afford it. His father had died when he was only four years old because of cancer. As a child, he was an unquenchable reader who used to read many books, newspapers available which inspired him to be a writer. He used to listen to his father’s bravery and used to imagine the situation. He had a great sense of imagination which led him to be a successful writer and to write a historical novel.  Then, he started writing an essay, articles for the newspaper and became famous. This inspired him to be a writer in the 18 century.


In 1822, the writer was designated in the office of Loius-Philippe at the Palais Royal, owing to his late father’s distinguished reputation. However, he was already on his way to write articles and plays. He made his debut in the 1829 play named “Henry III and His Courts”. Then he played in “Christine” in the next year. After gaining success in plays, he became motivated started exploring more in writing, which led him to write newspaper serials in 1930. Later, he also went on re-write a serial novel “Captain Pamphile” which is one of his plays in 1838. Diversifying his career as a writer, he tried to cover every genre and started compiling “Celebrated Crimes” by collaborating with his friend. They published the final volume in 1841.

Alexandre Dumas

The writer had already gathered his motivation from his success. He went on to write a novel named “The Fencing Master” in 1840. He was collaborative while it came to work and mostly used to collaborate with the author named Auguste Maquet. Moreover, the duo wrote a hit book named “The Three Musketeers” in 1844. As he has a good sense of imagination and is creative, he released his most praised work, a book, “The Count of Monte Cristo”. The book based on the historical event that took place in Europe and defines justice, hope, mercy, and forgiveness.


Eventually, the duo followed their success also published the sequels of the “The Three Musketeers,” “Twenty Years After” in 1845, and “Ten Years Later” in 1847. As a writer, he used to travel a lot and had visited many countries. His visit includes in Spain, England, the Netherlands, Germany, and North Africa. The writer had also extended his writing genre to travel books which include “A Year in Florence” in 1841, “From Paris to Cadiz” in 1847, and “Travel Impressions: In Russia” in 1860. The writer is still famous for his adventurous novel, “The Count of Monte Cristo”. The book is about the historical events that occurred in France, Italy, and the Mediterranean Islands.

Alexandre Dumas

Personal Life 

The writer had tied his knot to actress, Ida Ferrier in 1840. The couple has a son named Alexandre Dumas fils. He has associated in around 40 romantic relationships with several women. As a result, he was a father to at least four illegitimate children.