Alexandre (Davy de la Pailleterie) Dumas père

Alexandre (Davy de la Pailleterie) Dumas père (1802 - 1870)

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Alexandre Dumas père formerly Davy de la Pailleterie
Born in Villers-Cotterêts, Aisne, République Françaisemap
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Husband of — married in Paris, Francemap
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Died in Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, République Françaisemap
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Alexandre (Davy de la Pailleterie) Dumas père is Notable.

"His works have been translated into nearly 100 languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors. Many of his historical novels of high adventure were originally published as serials, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers..." [1]


He was born July 24, 1802 in Villers-Cotterets, Aisne, France. The son of Thomas Alexandre Dumas, Davy de la Pailleterie and Marie Louise Elisabeth Labouret[2]

Alexandre Dumas engraving by Antoine Maurin (1829)

Early Life

Alexandre's father passed away from cancer in 1806, when Alexandre was just 4 years old. His early life was spent in Villers-Cotterets. He spent three years as a notary clerk in Villers-Cotterets and Crépy. In 1819, he met Adolphe le Leuven with whom he collaborated on his first writings [3]. In 1825, he moved to Paris to perform the same duties. Due to his fathers reputation and aristocratic rank, he began to work in the Palais Royale for Louis-Phillipe, Duke of Orleans. This allowed him some free time to explore writing. [4]


Plays: Alexandre began writing plays in Paris while working for the Duke of Orleans. He wrote his first play with Adolphe de Leuven, "La chasse et amour" in 1825. Followed by the comedy, "Henri III et sa cour", premiered February 10, 1829. He then premiered "Christine" at the Odeon Theatre March 30, 1830 [3]. 1831 was a prolific year for the playwright premiering "Napoleon Bonaparte" January 10, "Antony" May 3, "Charles VII et ses grands vassaux" October 20 and "Richard Darlington" December 10 [5]. After the faillure of his play, "Le Fils de l'émigré" in August 1832, Dumas begins to taken interest in other literary possibilities [5].

After travelling around Switzerland in 1832, Dumas started a serial travel publication of "Impressions de voyage: En Suisse" in 1833. In 1842, Dumas publishes his first novel "Chevalier d'Harmental" in collaboration with Maquet. This first novel is folllowed by "Georges" in 1843, "The Three Muskateers" in 1844, "The Count of Monte Cristo" in 1844 [5]. Many of his novels were serialized. By the end of his life, Dumas had written approximately 14 novels and upwards of 30 plays [6]

Alexandre Dumas (1855)

Romantic Life

Alexandre Dumas was married once and had many romantic affairs, many of which produced children. In 1823 after moving to Paris, Alexandre began an affair with the seamstress, Catherine Labay. This affair resulted in the birth of his son, Alexandre Dumas fils July 24, 1824. Alexandre later acknowledged his son March 17, 1831[5]. Dumas returns to theatre in 1836 with "Kean" [5].

In May 1830, Alexandre began an affair with the actress Belle Krellsamner. This affair resulted in the birth of his daughter Marie Alexandrine Dumas March 5, 1831 [5]

In February 1832, Alexandre began an affair with the actress Marguerite Josephine Ferrand whose stage name was Ida Ferrier. Apparently after presenting her to the Duke of Orleans, the Duke commented that Alexandre should only present someone who is his wife. This prompted Alexandre to marry Ida February 1, 1840 in Paris [7]. Alexandre and Ida separate in 1846 [5]

From 1850-1859, Alexandre was in a liason with Isabella Constant. Without issue [5]

In 1850-1851, Alexandre began an affair with Anna Bauer (neé Herzer) which results in the birth of Henry Adolphe Bauer [8]

In 1859, Alexandre began an affair with Emilie Cordier which lasts until 1864. This results in the birth of Micaella Josephe Cordier December 24, 1860 in Paris. [5][9]


Alexandre passed away December 5, 1870 in Neuville-les-Dieppe, Saint-Aubin and the Po, Seine-Maritime [2]. In 1872, Dumas' remains are transferred to Villers-Cotterets [5]


  1. Wikipedia: Alexandre Dumas
  2. 2.0 2.1 [1] Acte de décès, Archives de Seine-Maritime, pg. 141
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chronologie of Alexandre Dumas
  4. Godefroy, Frédéric Eugène, Histoire de la littérature française depuis le 16e siècle jusqu'à nos jours (Volume 5) 1826-1897, pg. 175-176; viewed February 1, 2018
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 Dumas, Alexandre. The Count of Monte Cristo. (Chronology of Alexandre Dumas). Oxford Universtiy Press, 1990, pg. xxxvi-xxx.
  6. [2] Dumas Bibliographie
  7. F.H.W. Hennings, Alexandre Dumas: A King of Romance, Bloomsbury Reader
  8. Henry Bauer. Mémoires d'un jeune homme (Introduction). Editions L'Harmattan, 2013.
  9. [3] Acte de Naissance, Archives de Paris, No. 4 Arrondissement, Dec. 21-Dec. 31, 1860, pg. 13

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Young Alexandre Dumas engraving by Antoine Maurin
Young Alexandre Dumas engraving by Antoine Maurin

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