He boasted that he had over 500 children. – Do you know his name?

He was a trifle fat but he had a way with women, and this French novelist loved to boast that he had over 500 children.

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French Nobleman

His grandfather was a French nobleman and his grandmother was an enslaved African woman. Thomas, his father was taken to France where he was educated in a military academy and he later had an illustrious military career. Thomas, though married, “in the tradition of Frenchmen of higher social class, had numerous affairs and was known to have had at least four ‘illegitimate’ children, including this famous novelist.

Consume a large meal

This son was an epicure and a gourmet, he was nearly as famous for his ability to concoct a sauce or roast a duck as for his ability to write a novel. He could consume a meal of caviar, pate de foie gras, fish, filet mignon, roast partridge, half a dozen kind of vegetables, and top it off with vast quantities of cheese, but he never drank liquor or coffee, and he never smoked.

Forgot about food

But when Alexander Dumas wrote, he didn’t care about food; and sometimes even forgot to eat. If a friend dropped in to see him, he simply held out his left hand in greeting and kept scribbling with his right hand.

alexander DumasAlexander Dumas

Some of Dumas’ most famous books include: Robinson Crusoe, Don Quixote, Treasure Island, and The Three Musketeers.


He was temperamental about the writing paper and pens he used. He would only write novels on blue paper and poetry on yellow pad. Novels required one set of pens while poetry required another. Articles for magazines were written on rose-colored paper. He never used blue ink. When he wrote a play, he could not sit at his desk. Instead, he would lied down on a sofa with a soft pillow propped under his elbow.

During his life he wrote over one-hundred plays and over one-thousand, two-hundred novels and histories. Duman earned over five million dollars—far surpassing other writers of his age, but he was frequently insolvent because he spent lavishly on women and sumptuous living. Dumas spent his old age in poverty, loneliness and neglect. He has to pawn his jewelry and his overcoat to pay the rent and he would have gone hungry if his son hadn’t paid the grocery bills.

“Despite his success, he had to deal with discrimination related to his mixed-race ancestry. In 1843 he wrote a short novel, Georges, that addressed some of the issues of race and the effects of colonialism.”

FREEHEARTS A Novel of Colonial America Inspired by true events, Col. John Washington (ancestor of President George Washington), Randall Revell, Tom Cottingham, Edmund Beauchamp ward off Indian attacks and conquer the wilds of Maryland’s Eastern shore in 17th century colonial America in this historical novel

The history of colonial Virginia and Maryland come alive in this action-packed novel which will appeal to a wide-range audience. FreeHearts is the third novel in the Tapestry of Love series

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me

All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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