Alexandre Dumas was born on July 27, 1824. He is the son of Alexandre Dumas, pere who wrote The Three Musketeers. Dumas fil is best known for his novel Camille or The Lady of the Camellias. Dumas, fil was legally recognized by his father in 1831 and was taken away from his mother. Her sadness and tragedy weaves through Dumas' works and his story of tragic female characters.
Dumas' play The Illegitimate Son in 1858 puts forth the idea that if a man fathers an illegitimate child he has an obligation to marry the mother. Dumas wrote The Lady of the Camellias for a courtesan he fell in love with and his novel was adapted into Camille, an English play and the basis for Verdi's opera La Traviata.
Due to the success of Camille, Dumas fil began his career as a dramatist and he became more renowned than his father. H plays and dramas dominated the French stage for the second half of the 19th century. Dumas was admitted to the Academie francaise in 1974 and in 1984 he was given the Legion d'honneur.
Dumas married Nadezhda von Knorring in 1826 and they had two daughters. When Nadezhda died in 1895 Dumas fil married Henriette Regnier de La Briere. They had no children. Dumas fil died on November 27, 1895 at Marly-le-Roi, Yvelines.