Alexandre Dumas, père, was, in his amazing productivity, larger than life, like many of his characters. This has blinded many critics to his genius as a literary creator. He is not a stylist or an exquisite craftsman like Edgar Allan Poe or Gustave Flaubert. On the other hand, his novels are impossible to put down; they lead the enchanted reader to the end. He is still read around the world, his stories still are retold in new works, including film. He succeeded in his aim of making history come alive.