Dumas

Alexandre Dumas and The Three Musketeers

Dumas was one-fourth black. His father was a heroic general in Napoleon's army, nicknamed the Black Devil for his bravery, and born in Haiti to a French nobleman and a mother of Afro-Caribbean descent. Alexandre was mocked at school for his distinctive mixed-race looks (dark skin, blue eyes, crisp wavy hair) and he defiantly called himself a man of color thereafter; despite his aristocratic relations, that heritage made him a perpetual outsider in his own land. But his Musketeers are at home around the globe, and their name lives on as shorthand for the brand of trust among comrades that danger only deepens, and time confirms.


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