On This Day July 24, in the year 1802 the great author Alexandre Dumas was born in Villiers-Cotterets to a Haitian, Thomas Alexandre Dumas, and Marie Labouret Dumas, a French woman.
Dumas were one of the most creative writers ever, and did not shy away from collaborating with others or rewriting older stories. Prolific in several gen
res, Dumas began his career by writing plays, which were successfully produced from the first. Dumas wrote hundreds of plays, novels and travel diaries. He also wrote several children's stories, and a culinary dictionary. He not only started several magazines but also wrote numerous magazine articles weekly.
His works have been translated into nearly 100 languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors. His published works totaled over 100,000 pages. Among his many historical novels of high adventure are, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Corsican Brothers, The Vicomte de Bragelonne andTen Years Later all of which were originally published as serials.
His novels have been adapted since the early twentieth century for nearly 200 films. Dumas' last novel, The Knight of Sainte-Hermine, unfinished at his death, was completed by a scholar and published in 2005, becoming a bestseller. It was published in English in 2008 as The Last Cavalier.In the 1840s Dumas was also the founder of the Théâtre Historique in Paris.
DARC says BIG-up to the Great Alexandre Dumas on this the 214th anniversary of his birth.