Alexandre Dumas was born on July 24, 1802 in the village of Villers-Cotterats, just outside Paris, France. Dumas first began writing musical comedies and then historical plays in collaboration with a poet friend, Adolphe de Leuven. Influenced by William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott, Friedrich von Schiller, and Lord Byron, Dumas wrote his first plays in 1825 and 1826. Henry III and His Court (1829), brought him great success and recognition. By 1851 he had written more than twenty plays. He also began writing fiction at this time, first short stories and then novels. He wrote The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Count of Monte Cristo during this period.
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