25 March: Birth at Saint-Domingo of Thomas-Alex-|
andre, son of the French-born Marquis Davy de la
Pailleterie and Marie-Cessette Dumas. After returning to
France in 1780, he enlists in 1786 and rises rapidly
through the ranks during the Revolution.
24 July: Birth at Villers-Cotterêts of Alexandre Dumas,|
second child of General Dumas and Marie-Louise-Eliza-
beth Labouret, an innkeeper's daughter.
26 February: Death of General Dumas. Alexandre is brought up in straitened circumstances by his mother. He|
attends local schools and has a happy childhood.
|1819|| Dumas, now a lawyer's office-boy, falls in love with Adèle|
Dalvin who rejects him. Meets Adolphe de Leuven, with
whom he collaborates in writing unsuccessful plays.
|1822||Visits Leuven in Paris, meets Talma, the leading actor of the day, and resolves to become a playwright.|
|1823||Moves to Paris. Enters the service of the Duke d'Orléans. Falls in love with a seamstress, Catherine Labay.|
|1824||27 July: Birth of Alexandre Dumas fils, author of La Dame aux camélias.|
22 September: Dumas's first performed play, written in|
collaboration with Leuven and Rousseau, makes no
Publication of a collection of short stories, Dumas's first|
solo composition, which sells four copies.
A company of English actors, which includes Kean,|
Kemble, and Mrs Smithson, performs Shakespeare in
English to enthusiastic Paris audiences: Dumas is deeply
impressed. Liaison with Mélanie Waldor.
|1828-9|| Dumas enters Parisian literary circles through Charles|
|1829||11 February: First of about 50 performances of Henry III|