|Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)
needs little introduction. Dumas Père was perhaps the greatest writer of French popular literarture ever.
He is still read today, and fondly remembered for his series of novels featuring The
Three Musketeers (including The
Man in the Iron Mask) and his classic tale of revenge, The Count of Monte-Cristo. Dumas produced
some 250 books with numerous assistants, especially history teacher Auguste
Maquet. Dumas was also a successful playwright, writing hundreds
of plays. He also penned numerous children's stories and a culinary dictionary, started several magazines and wrote
in them weekly.
Dumas' genre work include Isaac Laquedem (1853), a Wandering-Jew tale, and Le Meneur de
Loups (The Wolf Leader) (1857), where a young man agrees a pact with the Devil and turns into a werewolf.