Other novels are attributed to Alexandre Dumas, père (dyew-MAH pehr), that some scholarship, such as that by Douglas Munro, Gilbert Sigaux, and Charles Samaran, credits more to his collaborators. Of the many editions of Dumas’s works, the standard edition, uvres complètes (1846-1877), in 301 volumes by Calmann-Lévy, is not always authoritative. The best editions of the novels are those in uvres d’Alexandre Dumas (1962-1967; 38 volumes), published by Éditions Rencontre, with excellent introductions to the novels by Sigaux. Munro lists at least fifteen English editions of Dumas prior to 1910, and countless others have appeared since. The Romances of Alexandre Dumas, published by Little, Brown and Company, has been updated several times. Virtually all of Dumas’s novels are available in English and many other languages.
Dumas also wrote many plays, several in collaboration with other authors and a number based on his novels. A total of sixty-six are generally ascribed to him, among them Henri III et sa cour (pr., pb. 1829; Catherine of Cleves, 1831, also known as Henry III and His Court, 1904), Christine: Ou, Stockholm, Fontainebleau, et Rome (pr., pb. 1830), Kean: Ou, Désordre et génie (pr., pb. 1836, with Théaulon de Lambert and Frédéric de Courcy; Edmund Kean: Or, The Genius and the Libertine, 1847), Mademoiselle de Belle-Isle (pr., pb. 1839; English translation, 1855), Un Mariage sous Louis XV (pr., pb. 1841; A Marriage of Convenience, 1899), Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr (pr., pb. 1843; The Ladies of Saint-Cyr, 1870), and L’Invitation à la valse (pr., pb. 1857; adapted in English as Childhood Dreams, 1881). The plays are available in the uvres complètes, occupying twenty-five volumes in the Calmann-Lévy edition. The best contemporary edition is Théâtre complet, edited by Fernande Bassan.
Dumas’s other writings include histories, chronicles, memoirs, travel notes, articles, and essays. Among the more interesting of these are “Comment je devins auteur dramatique” (“How I Became a Playwright”), “En Suisse” (in Switzerland), Quinze Jours au Sinai (1838; Impressions of Travel in Egypt and Arabia Petraea, 1839), Excursions sur les bords du Rhin (1841, with Gérard de Nerval; excursions on the banks of the Rhine), Le Midi de la France (1841; Pictures of Travel in the South of France, 1852), Le Spéronare (1842; travels in Italy), Le Corricolo (1843; travels in Italy and Sicily), Mes Mémoires (1852, 1853, 1854-1855; My Memoirs, 1907-1909), Causeries (1860), Les Garibaldiens (1861; The Garibaldians in Sicily, 1861), Histoires de mes bêtes (1868; My Pets, 1909), and Souvenirs dramatiques (1868; souvenirs of the theater).