Three Musketeers

ISBN-10: 0143105000
ISBN-13: 9780143105008
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Description: A major new translation of one of the most enduring works of literature, from the award- winning, bestselling co-translator of Anna Kareninawith a spectacular, specially illustrated cover The Three Musketeersis the most famous of Alexandre Dumass  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/28/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

A major new translation of one of the most enduring works of literature, from the award- winning, bestselling co-translator of Anna Kareninawith a spectacular, specially illustrated cover The Three Musketeersis the most famous of Alexandre Dumass historical novels and one of the most popular adventure stories ever written. Now in a bracing new translation, this swashbuckling epic chronicles the adventures of dArtagnan, a brash young man from the countryside who journeys to Paris in 1625 hoping to become a musketeer and guard to King Louis XIII. Before long he finds treachery and court intrigueand also three boon companions: the daring swordsmen Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Together they strive heroically to defend the honor of their queen against the powerful Cardinal Richelieu and the seductive spy Milady.

After an idle youth, Alexandre Dumas went to Paris and spent some years writing. A volume of short stories and some farces were his only productions until 1927, when his play Henri III (1829) became a success and made him famous. It was as a storyteller rather than a playwright, however, that Dumas gained enduring success. Perhaps the most broadly popular of French romantic novelists, Dumas published some 1,200 volumes during his lifetime. These were not all written by him, however, but were the works of a body of collaborators known as "Dumas & Co." Some of his best works were plagiarized. For example, The Three Musketeers (1844) was taken from the Memoirs of Artagnan by an eighteenth-century writer, and The Count of Monte Cristo (1845) from Penchet's A Diamond and a Vengeance. At the end of his life, drained of money and sapped by his work, Dumas left Paris and went to live at his son's villa, where he remained until his death.

Richard Pevear has produced acclaimed translations of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, & Bulgakov. The translation of "The Brothers Karamazov" won the 1991 PEN Book of the Month Club translation prize.

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