What famous French writer was part Negro?

June 5, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge

Alexandre Dumas the elder (1802-1870), author of The Count of Monte Cristo and other romantic novels, was of part Negro blood. His father, General Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie Dumas, was a mulatto, the son of a French nobleman named Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie and a full-blooded Negro woman of Santo Domingo.

General Dumas took the name Dumas from his Negro mother. Alexandre Dumas père (so called to distinguish him from his son) was born in France, his mother being the daughter of a French innkeeper. He was, therefore, a quadroon—0f one-fourth Negro blood. Crisp hair, dark complexion and thick lips were African characteristics that Alexandre Dumas père inherited from his maternal grandmother.

M. Schele de Vere, in Americanisms; the English of the New World (1872), said the great French author unmistakably betrayed his African origin in his speech and writings.

In C. Young‘s A Memoir of Charles Mayne Young (1871) it is related that when Alexandre Dumas père was asked who his father was, the author of The Count of Monte Cristo replied: “My father was a creole, his father a Negro, and his father a monkey; my family, it seems, begins where yours left off.”

This Dumas was one of the most prolific writers who ever lived. He wrote some twelve hundred volumes and earned about five million dollars as an author. His son, Alexandre Dumas the younger (1824-1895), who distinguished himself as a dramatist, was of one-eighth Negro blood.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875—1912), English composer and author of the Hiawatha trilogy, was of half African blood. He was the son of a Negro physician of Sierra Leone and an Englishwoman.

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