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Alexandre Dumas, fils

(July 27, 1824 - November 27, 1895)

Alexandre Dumas, fils was the son of Alexandre Dumas, père, who followed in his father's footsteps becoming a celebrated author and playwright.
The young Dumas received the best education possible at the Institution Goubaux and the Collége Bourbon.
In 1844 Dumasfils moved to Saint-Germain-en-Laye to live with his father. There, he met Marie Duplessis, a young courtesan who would be the inspiration for his romantic novel,La dame aux camélias (The Lady of the Camillas). Adapted into a play, it was titled in English asCamille and is the basis for Verdi's 1853 opera,La Traviata.
In 1864, Alexandre Dumasfils married Nadeja Naryschkine, with whom he had a daughter. After her passing he married Henriette Régnier.
During his lifetime, Dumasfils wrote twelve other novels and several plays. In 1867 he published his semi-autobiographical novel, "L'affaire Clémenceau," considered by many to be one of his best works. In 1874, he was admitted to the Académie française and in 1894 he was awarded the Légion d'Honneur.
Alexandre Dumasfils died at Marly-le-Roi, Yvelines, on November 27, 1895 and was interred in the Cimetière de Montmartre, Paris, France.

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