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Alexandre Dumas was a major playwright who helped to revolutionize French drama and theater He was one of the best historical novelists publishing more than two hundred novels He was born on July twenty fourth mille eighteen in the french town of Villers-Cotterets His father was a general in Napoleons army His mother Marie-Louise-Elizabeth was an innkeeper His father died when he was four years old and his mother was not able to provide him with much education As a young man Alexandre Dumas worked as a clerc and moved to Paris After seeing one of Shakespheres plays Hamlet he had found the direction that he needed to go The play had inspired him to become a playwright In eighteen twenty four his son Alexandre Dumas fils who became a writer himself was born A few years later after many failures Alexandre Dumas wrote Henry III which was a great success Dumas became prominent as one of the leaders of the Romantic movement Years later he turned all his attention to writing vivid historical novels His best known novels are The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo However He became famous not for his novels but for his plays Having been regarded as the most important playwright one of the most prolific writers ever and the most famous novelist in France Dumas soon found his luck failing him He made a fortune and quickly lost it due to his lavish life-style and generosity His reputation became tarnished because he often collaborated with people who supplied ideas and minor works to which Dumas gave his touch of literary genius He now faced accusations and even suits charging him of plagiarism Later on in his life he wrote his memoirs and on December fifth eighteen seventy he died in the bed at his sons estate in Puys
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