We write a lot about fictional heroes here at Suvudu, but the real world is full of larger-than-life heroes whose exploits rival anything a writer could dream of. Such is General Alex Dumas, the father of Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo and a score of other books. A new book by Tom Reiss, The Black Count, explores the the amazing, unlikely life of this dashing man who would find fame on the battlefield and immortality in his son’s fiction.
Born in Haiti, Alex Dumas was the son of a black slave, and was even sold into slavery himself for a short while. From these humble roots, Dumas rose to be a master swordsman and general in the army who commanded men in campaign across African and the Middle East. His reputation on the battlefield was fierce enough that he earned the nickname “The Black Devil”.
Sadly, Dumas’ fiercely independent life was cut short at the age of 43 when he died of stomach cancer, leaving behind a wife and the four year-old boy who would come to be known as Alexandre Dumas. Although he only had a short time with his father, stories of the man inspired Alexandre to write some of the world’s best beloved adventure novels.
Learn more about the legendary Alex Dumas: Get The Black Count from your favorite book retailer next Tuesday!