Alexandre Dumas, fils, 1824-1895

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Biographical note

French author and dramatist. He was the son (fils) of Alexandre Dumas, père.

In 1844 Dumas moved to Saint-Germain-en-Laye to live with his father. There, he met Marie Duplessis, a young courtesan who would be the inspiration for his romantic novel The Lady of the Camellias, later adapted as a play. Although he admitted that he had done the adaptation because he needed the money, it had a huge success. Thus began the career of Dumas fils as a dramatist, which not only eclipsed that of his father during his lifetime but also dominated the serious French stage for most of the second half of the 19th century. After this, he virtually abandoned the novel (though his semi-autobiographical L'Affaire Clemenceau [1867] achieved some success).

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