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 (do͞o-mä′, dyo͞o-, dü-), Alexandre Known as "Dumas père." 1802-1870.
French writer of swashbuckling historical romances, such as The Three Musketeers (1844) and The Count of Monte Cristo (1846). His son Alexandre (1824-1895), known as "Dumas fils," was a dramatist whose works include La Dame aux camélias (1852).
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1. (Biography) Alexandre (alɛksɑ̃drə), known as Dumas père. 1802–70, French novelist and dramatist, noted for his historical romances The Count of Monte Cristo (1844) and The Three Musketeers (1844)
2. (Biography) his son, Alexandre, known as Dumas fils. 1824–95, French novelist and dramatist, noted esp for the play he adapted from an earlier novel, La Dame aux camélias (1852)
3. (Biography) Jean-Baptiste André (ʒɑ̃batist ɑ̃dre). 1800–84, French chemist, noted for his research on vapour density and atomic weight
4. (Biography) Marlene. born 1953, South African painter; esp of expressionist portraits and nudes
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Alexandre ( “Dumas père” ), 1802–70, and his son, Alexandre ( “Dumas fils” ), 1824–95, French playwrights and novelists.
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`The Count of Monte Cristo,' which I had seen James O'Neill play that winter, was by the only Alexandre Dumas I knew.
I suppose no woman could have been further in person, voice, and temperament from Dumas' appealing heroine than the veteran actress who first acquainted me with her.
Dumas here, and later in the chapter, uses the name Roncherat.
Anne of Austria did not die until 1666, and Dumas sets the current year as
In earlier editions, the last line reads, "Of the four valiant men whose history we have related, there now no longer remained but one single body; God had resumed the souls." Dumas made the revision in later editions.
We saw the damp, dismal cells in which two of Dumas' heroes passed their confinement--heroes of "Monte Cristo." It was here that the brave Abbe wrote a book with his own blood, with a pen made of a piece of iron hoop, and by the light of a lamp made out of shreds of cloth soaked in grease obtained from his food; and then dug through the thick wall with some trifling instrument which he wrought himself out of a stray piece of iron or table cutlery and freed Dantes from his chains.
"Paul Dumas, physician, deposes that he was called to view the bodies about day-break.
Monsieur Dumas, and his worthy coadjutor Monsieur Etienne, have pronounced that they were inflicted by some obtuse instrument; and so far these gentlemen are very correct.
Dumas and Etienne,) as a series of livid spots, evidently the impression of fingers.'
It was asserted that he had never written it, that the magazine had faked it very clumsily, or that Martin Eden was emulating the elder Dumas and at the height of success was hiring his writing done for him.
Dumas kindly turned down the request, stating that he was busy and was not good at feedback.