Why were Alexandre Dumas' books so long

Alexandre Dumas

An informative, insightful, very well-written biography that I enjoyed reading and just as happy to recommend.
With in-depth expertise so that certain contexts, whether political or artistic, could be explained; rich in detail, here the balance has been struck very well between the richness of detail, but without the details getting tired or boring; and also very entertaining. This work read almost like a novel about one of France's most famous novelists.
This biography is structured chronologically. The reader learns who Duma's parents were, how they met, why the family, despite the fact that the father was one of Napoleon's generals and had been close to him for a while ... more

An informative, insightful, very well-written biography that I enjoyed reading and just as happy to recommend.
With in-depth expertise so that certain contexts, whether political or artistic, could be explained; rich in detail, here the balance has been struck very well between the richness of detail, but without the details getting tired or boring; and also very entertaining. This work read almost like a novel about one of France's most famous novelists.
This biography is structured chronologically. The reader learns who Duma's parents were, how they met, why the family, despite the fact that the father was one of Napoleon's generals and had been close to him for a while, ultimately had to live in poverty, why the father had to live early passed away, and how the young Alexandre came to Paris and began the career of a celebrated writer at an early age. You can see that the conditions are not favorable, especially since the young man did not look like an average European. His talent and a little luck played a role after all. Dumas works are popular and loved to this day.
Much room was given to Dumas' private life. It became apparent early on that he was not a food lover. He retained his virility almost until his death, which overtook him at the age of almost seventy. Small point of criticism here: In some places it seemed a little too much talk of the affairs and mistresses. I wanted the focus to be more on his works. These were mostly dealt with briefly and succinctly in a few chapters in Part II, i.e. set out what contemporary readers valued about Dumas' stories; how his works could be viewed from the psychological and also from the political side; how the things that Dumas himself dealt with, e.g. getting older and the associated bitterness, flow into his novels and much more.
One also reads briefly about his children, especially about Dumas Junior, who later put his father in the shade. His lady of the camellias is known to this day, who later provided the template for Verdi's La Traviata. In Part III you can find out what Dumas wrote besides his famous works, about his work as a publisher and much more.
The biography also contained some surprises. Until then, I assumed that Dumas wrote all of his works by himself. Not even close. Teamwork was the order of the day. Also that at the height of his career he had a castle built near Paris that looked like a piece of jewelery and attracted many visitors. There is also a photo of it.
Some photos of the portraits, lithographs can be found distributed in the book, which show Alexandre Dumas as a young and a mature man, his son, as well as some of his lovers and much more.
The book is of high quality: hard cover, cover sheet, comfortable font size. Person and work registers, literature and works index, and time table complete the work. Nice as a gift, nice souvenir.
Conclusion: A very successful biography that provides a rich portrait of Alexandre Dumas and is very pleasant to read. It is ideal for schoolchildren and students. And also easy for readers who like to read something good, "good".