“My father was a mulatto, my grandfather was a Negro, and my great-grandfather a monkey. You see, Sir, my family starts where yours ends.”
Alexandre Dumas was born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie on July 24, 1802 in Villers-Cotterêts, France. He is one of the world’s most widely read French authors. Some of his historical novels of high adventure, including The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, were based upon the life of his father. His novels have been adapted into nearly 200 films.
What almost nobody knows is that the great writer shared his name with a father who was perhaps more famous in his day, a decorated military hero who led an army of over 50,000 soldiers during the French Revolution.
It is no surprise that the exploits of the elder Dumas might serve as the inspiration for much of his Dumas’ writing. Dumas’ father is chronicled in the book, The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count Of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
Dumas passed December 5, 1870