Alexandre Dumas found his calling in the hustle and bustle of 19th century Paris.
Written during the height of his fame, Dumas’ memoirs concentrate on the years before he got his break. In this second volume, Dumas makes his way to the capital, ending up in the service of the future King Louis Phillipe. It was here that his love of storytelling was first ignited. And also his love of women—Dumas would later become notorious for his numerous affairs.
My Memoirs Vol II is rich with commentary on France’s politics and culture. It’s a glorious time capsule that’s very far from a musty autobiography.
Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) was a hugely popular 19th century French writer. Born of mixed French and Haitian heritage, Dumas first rose to prominence in Paris as a playwright, but later gained international fame with his historical fiction.
Often co-authored with other writers, these stories wove together swashbuckling adventure, romance, and real events from France’s past. Among the best known are "The Three Musketeers", and its sequels "Twenty Years After", and "Le Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later". Set across four decades, this trilogy follows the rise of the dashing D’Artagnan—from hot-headed soldier to trusted captain under Louis XIV.
Dumas’ other novels include "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "The Black Tulip". His works have been adapted into more than 200 movies, including The Man in the Iron Mask starring Leonardo DiCaprio.