Count of Monte Cristo

ISBN-10: 1593080883
ISBN-13: 9781593080884
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Description: Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything. He is engaged to a beautiful woman, is about to become the captain of a ship, and is well liked by almost everyone. But his perfect life is shattered when he is framed by a jealous rival and thrown into a  More...

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Book details

List price: $6.95
Publisher: Barnes & Noble, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/25/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything. He is engaged to a beautiful woman, is about to become the captain of a ship, and is well liked by almost everyone. But his perfect life is shattered when he is framed by a jealous rival and thrown into a dark prison cell for 14 years. The greatest tale of betrayal, adventure, and revenge ever written,The Count of Monte Cristocontinues to dazzle readers with its thrilling and memorable scenes, including Dantès’s miraculous escape from prison, his amazing discovery of a vast hidden treasure, and his transformation into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo—a man whose astonishing thirst for vengeance is as cruel as it is just.

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.

Luc Sante is the author ofLow Life,Evidence, andThe Factory of Facts. He teaches at Bard College and lives in New York.

The World of Alexandre Dumas and the Count of Monte Cristo
Introduction
The Count of Monte Cristo
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Inspired by the Count of Monte Cristo
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