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"All generalizations are dangerous, even this one."

The grandson of an Afro-Caribbean slave and a French nobleman, Alexandré Dumas overcame poverty, racism, and lack of formal education to become one of the most famous and popular French authors of the 19th century.

His most famous novels – The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo – are outstanding examples of an art form he helped to create – the historical novel – although he distorted historical fact regularly for the sake of his story.

He was a romantic, a renowned ladies' man, and an idealist who fought for causes like the July Revolution of 1830. With his success, he lived lavishly, fought duels over insults and women, and made, shared and spent several fortunes, escaping to other countries to avoid debtors.

Dumas was an inventive, virtually automating the production of his serial novels and plays through the extensive use of research assistants and co-writers. He was immensely productive, creating hundreds of plays, novels, and travel diaries. As a master of dialogue and plot, he oversaw the creative process, developing hundreds of plays, novels and travel diaries.
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