General Alex Dumas, father of the novelist and grandfather of the playwright, was almost written out of history. Best-selling writer Tom Reiss is now helping put him back in his rightful place in history with the new biography “The Black Count.”

Alex Dumas was born to a black slave mother and a white French nobleman in what is now Haiti. His father, who was a scoundrel and living in hiding, decided to return to France because of an inheritance that became available. Alex’s father was short on cash when he arrived at the ship so he pawned his son with the understanding that he could buy him back when they arrived in France and he collected his inheritance. Although the scoundrel father did a bunch of bad things, he actually did buy back his son and then young Alex started living as a young nobleman…the story is amazing…

Tom Reiss explains how he got a hold of never-before-read documents and letters from Alex Dumas and others.

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