Alexandre Dumas, père, wrote a large number of historical novels, achieving great fame in 1844 with the publication of Les Trois Mousquetaires (The Three Musketeers, 1846) and the beginning episodes of the serialized Le Comte de Monte-Cristo (The Count of Monte-Cristo, 1846). The novels grew out of his great interest in the history of France; throughout his career he published historical accounts, beginning with a few scènes historiques in 1831 and including two larger historical compilations, Gaule et France in 1833 (The Progress of Democracy, 1841) and the important Chroniques de France (chronicles of France), which began in 1836.
Dumas enjoyed travel, and he produced numerous travelogues. Many of these appeared in the various newspapers and magazines that he published and edited and for which he frequently wrote much of the material. He also published his memoirs, and in 1837 he and Gérard de Nerval collaborated on a comic opera, Piquillo, for which the music was composed by Hippolyte Monpou. At the time of Dumas’s death, he was writing a cookbook, Grand Dictionnaire de cuisine, which was completed for him by Anatole France.