Alexandre Dumas 1802—1870

Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas (Père) was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, and The Man in the Iron Mask were serialized, and he also wrote plays and magazine articles and was a prolific correspondent. In 1829 his first solo play, Henry III and his Court, was produced, meeting with great public acclaim and after writing many successful plays, he turned his efforts to novels.

Dumas made extensive use of the aid of numerous ghost-writers of which Auguste Maquet was the best known. It was Maquet who outlined the plot of The Count of Monte Cristo and made substantial contributions to The Three Musketeers and its sequels, as well as several other novels. When working together, Maquet proposed plots and wrote drafts, while Dumas added the details, dialogues, and the final chapters.

Despite his success and aristocratic connections, being of mixed-blood would affect him all his life. In 1843, he wrote a short novel, Georges, which addressed some of the issues of race and the effects of colonialism. Nevertheless, racist attitudes impacted his rightful position in France’s history long after his death in 1870. (source: Wikipedia)

Available eBooks


Celebrated Crimes (1841)

Written between 1839 and 1841, Celebrated Crimes is an 8-volume collection of 18 essays based upon historical facts of famous criminals and the crimes more »


Louise de la Valliere (1849)

Louise de la Valliere is the middle section of The Vicomte de Bragelonne or, Ten Years After. Against a tender love story, Dumas continues the suspense more »


Ten Years Later (1850)

D’Artagnan, a young swordsman intent on joining the king’s musketeers, becomes embroiled in court intrigues, international politics, and ill-fated more »


The Conspirators (1843)

Dumas manages to jam enough action and storyline into the novel to make it worth the read. Despite being a weaker work in Dumas’ bibliography, it more »


The Corsican Brothers (1844)

Alexandre Dumas weaves the compelling story of Siamese twins who are separated physically but never in spirit. They’re raised by two different families, more »


The Count of Monte Cristo (1845)

Edmond Dantes, a nineteen-year-old sailor from Marseilles, is soon to be captain of his own ship and to marry his beloved, the beautiful Mercedes. But more »


The Man in the Iron Mask (1850)

Deep inside the dreaded Bastille, a twenty-three-year-old prisoner called merely “Philippe” has languished for eight long, dark years. He does not know more »


The Three Musketeers (1844)

“All for one and one for all!”The young and headstrong D’Artagnan, having proven his bravery by dueling with each, becomes a friend of Athos, Porthos, more »


The Vicomte de Bragelonne (1847)

It is now 1660, and although promised the captaincy of the musketeers at the close of Twenty Years After, D’Artagnan is still trailing his sword in the more »


Twenty Years After (1845)

Two decades have passed since the famous swordsmen triumphed over Cardinal Richelieu and Milady in The Three Musketeers. Time has weakened their more »