How Did Alexandre Dumas Impact Black Literature?

Alexandre Dumas’ Beginnings

Born in July of 1802, Alexandre Dumas was originally born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie.

Alexandre Dumas’ Beginnings (Continued)

The young Alexandre was unable to even have a high school level education. However, that doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t gain any knowledge or information.

Alexandre Dumas began his writing career at a young age working for Louis-Philippe I, King of France. He wrote several well received plays before he was 30 years old, giving him the opportunity to write full time.

Publishing Career

Publishing Career (continued)





Both were heavily inspired by his father, with the Musketeers adventures taking center stage, and Edmond Dantes (Monte Cristo) and his imprisonment mirroring his fathers’ own experience when he was held in an Italian prison for several years.

In 1844, Dumas published The Three Musketeers

Between 1839 and 1843 Alexandre Dumas published several stories, essays and novels, with titles such as The Fencing Master and Georges

He also began his publication of The Count of Monte Cristo, which was published as a serial in eighteen parts until 1846

Alexandre Dumas & His Legacy

In fact, there is little mention of his Black heritage. The aristocracy at the time, as well as famous published authors were largely white, and Dumas would have stood apart from the crowd.

His Legacy continued

He was faced with many critics who focused on his race as opposed to his writing – certainly not the only time that would happen to an author of color.

His Legacy continued

In 2002 Alexandre Dumas’ ashes were re-interred at the Mausoleum in the Pantheon de Paris in acknowledgement of his many contributions to the literary and French community.