Alexandre Dumas


Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) was brought up on stories. After his father died, his mother, to distract him from their impoverished situation, often told the young Alexandre tales of military heroism in the Napoleonic era. These stories fuelled his love for historical adventures. Always discriminated against because of his mixed racial heritage Dumas's body was moved in 2002, when President Jacques Chirac ordered that he be paid the literary recognition he deserved and be laid to rest alongside fellow writers Voltaire and Victor Hugo in the Pantheon de Paris.

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