Alexandre Dumas was born on July 24, 1802. He was a prolific writer of books, plays, and magazine articles. Among his most famous works are The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte-Cristo.
Most interesting Wikipedia fact about Dumas: “Along with Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, Gérard de Nerval, Eugène Delacroix and Honoré de Balzac, Dumas was a member of the Club des Hashischins, which met monthly to take hashish at a hotel in Paris.”
Dumas had the Château de Monte-Cristo built in Northern France between 1844-1847. Due to money issues, he had to sell it in 1848. However, it has since been restored and operates as a Dumas museum:
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