The other day, I talked about , Alexandre Dumas, père: today it’s time for Alexandre Dumas, fils, born July 27, 1824. He, like his father, wrote sweeping novels as well as some plays. His best known novel is La Dame aux camélias and his best known plays are Le Fils naturel (luh fees nat-ur-el, which literally means “the natural son” or we’d say “the bastard”) et Un Père prodigue (“the prodigal father”). Dumas, the father, only acknowledged his son when he was 7. Prior to that, he lived in a home for abandoned children. The son, understandably, had enormous difficulty getting past his early years and worked out his feelings in this writings, as you can see from the titles of his plays. He saw a mother-figure in George Sand and often stayed with her. He often championed extremely unpopular people and causes, such as the women who lobbed Molotov cocktails all over Paris during the Commune of 1871, known as les Pétroleuses. Dumas was elected to the Académie Française and appointed to the Légion d’honneur. He died on November 17, 1895.
- Un roman-feuilleton (onequalitythefinest.com)