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Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas was born in Villers-Cotterets, France on July 24, 1802.  His parents were Thomas Alexandre Dumas Davy de la Pailleteris, a general in Napolean's army, and Marie-Lousie Elizabeth (Labouret) Davy de la Pailleterie, (Alexandre Dumas (Davy de la Pailleterie)).  Thomas Dumas's father was a marquis, Antoine-Alexander Davy de la Pailleterie, and his mother was a black slave girl, Marie-Cessette Dumas.  Thomas Dumas Davy de la Pailleteris took his mother's name Dumas to enlist in the army because his father disapproved.  Thomas Dumas was not liked by Napolean.  When Thomas Dumas returned to his family in France his wife had his first son, Alexandre.  General Dumas died and Alexandre was raised without a father figure, (Stowe 19-20). 
Alexandre was influenced by Amédée de la Ponce and the vicomte Adolphe de Leuven.  They acted as Alexandre's father figures. Amédée de la Ponce taught Alexandre Italian and German.  Adolphe de Leuven told Alexandre tales of Paris and about the theatre, (Stowe 20-21).
Alexandre Dumas became a novelist and playwright.  He helped LaFayette during the French Revolution in 1830.  He also wrote many books including The Count of Monte Cristo,  The Three Musketeers, and Robin Hood le proscrit.  Some plays he wrote are  Napoleon Bonaparte, Henry IIIMonte-Cristo I, and Monte-Cristo II.  Alexandre Dumas died in 1870 in Puys, France, (Alexandre Dumas (Davy de la Pailleterie)).