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Although a general under Bonaparte in the Italian and Egyptian campaigns, Dumas had fallen out of favour by 1800 and requested leave to return to France.
On his return, his ship had to put in at Taranto in the Kingdom of Naples, where he and others were held as prisoners of war.
Among his affairs, in 1866, Dumas had one with Adah Isaacs Menken, an American actress then less than half his age and at the height of her career.
The English playwright Watts Phillips, who knew Dumas in his later life, described him as "the most generous, large-hearted being in the world.
It was published in English in 2008 as The Last Cavalier.
Prolific in several genres, Dumas began his career by writing plays, which were successfully produced from the first.
His novels have been adapted since the early twentieth century for nearly 200 films.
Dumas' last novel, The Knight of Sainte-Hermine, unfinished at his death, was completed by scholar Claude Schopp and published in 2005.
In the 1840s, Dumas founded the Théâtre Historique in Paris.Although poor, the family had their father's distinguished reputation and aristocratic rank to aid the children's advancement.In 1822, after the restoration of the monarchy, the 20-year-old Alexandre Dumas moved to Paris.He had two older sisters, Marie-Alexandrine (born 1794) and Louise-Alexandrine (born 1796, died 1797).Their parents were Marie-Louise Élisabeth Labouret, the daughter of an innkeeper, and Thomas-Alexandre Dumas.