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Alexandre Dumas, Pere

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The Resume

    (July 24, 1802-December 5, 1870)
    Born in Villers-Cotterets, France
    Birth name was Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie
    Wrote over 200 novels and plays
    Best known novels include 'The Count of Monte Cristo,' 'The Three Musketeers' and 'The Man in the Iron Mask'

Why he might be annoying:

    He employed a small army of ghostwriters, leading to the saying in France, 'Everybody has read some of Dumas, but nobody has read all of Dumas -- including Dumas.'
    His writing earned him a great deal of money, but he was constantly broke due to high living and spending on his mistresses.
    He fled from Paris to Belgium to escape his creditors (1851).
    His novel 'The Fencing Master' (1840) was banned in Russia.
    He had at least three children out of wedlock.
    His name looks like it should be pronounced 'dumb-ass.'

Why he might not be annoying:

    His father died when he was four.
    His paternal grandmother was a black slave.
    Partly because of racism, he was not taken seriously by the critics of his day.
    He was reburied at the Pantheon in Paris alongside France's other luminaries (2002).
    His stories have been translated into over 100 languages and inspired more than 200 films.

Credit: C. Fishel

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Year In Review:

    For 2024, as of last weekly ranking, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2023, Out of 3 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 3 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 8 Votes: 87.50% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 135 Votes: 48.89% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 20 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 9 Votes: 44.44% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 4 Votes: 25.00% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 10 Votes: 10.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 5 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 14 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 30 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 18 Votes: 22.22% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 13 Votes: 30.77% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 24 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 31 Votes: 51.61% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 40 Votes: 45.00% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 74 Votes: 44.59% Annoying