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This biography of Dumas, though thorough, lacks a certain readability which is typical of many biographies written in the early 1900's (this book was first published in 1902). Spurr doesn't dwell too long on Dumas' plays as he does his novel writings which the reader may appreciate (given that most readers won't be familiar with his stage works). I would recommend in place of this biography, "Alexandre Dumas,: A biography and study" by A. Craig Bell. The descriptive power of Bell makes the book read very quickly and his understanding of Dumas is unparalleled. I believe Bell (whose biography was published in 1950) was influenced by Spurr's however, in the fact that there are many similar quotes and stories which are identical. I found that Bell was able to make Dumas come alive in his descriptions of his life and works instead of Spurr, who seemed more caught up with dates and facts.
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