ALEXANDRE DUMAS fils (1824-1895) was the son of the famous novelist
Alexandre Dumas. In 1847 he published his first novel, Adventures of Four Women and
a Parrot, followed a year later by The Lady of the Camellias and ten
other novels over the next decade. After the great success of the dramatic version of
The Lady of the Camellias, he was gradually drawn away from the novel to the stage.
In 1874 he was elected to the French Academy and until his death continued to produce a long
line of successful plays.
LIESL SCHILLINGER is a journalist and literary critic
who writes regularly for The New York Times Book Review and spent many
years on the editorial staff of The New Yorker.
KAVANAGH is the author of The Girl Who Loved Camellias, a biography of the
courtesan who inspired The Lady of the Camellias. An award-winning
biographer of Rudolf Nureyevand Frederick Ashton, she has been London editor
of both Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.