Count of Monte Cristo

ISBN-10: 0553213504

ISBN-13: 9780553213508

Edition: 1956 (Abridged)

Authors: Alexandre Dumas, Lowell Blair, Lowell Blair

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Set against the turbulent years of the Napoleonic  era, Alexandre Dumas's thrilling adventure story  is one of the most widely read romantic novels of  all time. In it the dashing young hero, Edmond  Dantès, is betrayed by his enemies and thrown  into a secret dungeon in the Chateau d'If -- doomed  to spend his life in a dank prison cell. The story  of his long, intolerable years in captivity, his  miraculous escape, and his carefully wrought  revenge creates a dramatic tale of mystery and intrigue  and paints a vision of France -- a dazzling,  dueling, exuberant France -- that has become immortal.  
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List price: $6.95
Copyright year: 1956
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/1/1984
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682

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.

Chronology of Alexandre Dumas's Life and Work
Historical Context of The Count of Monte Cristo
Marseilles--The Arrival
Father and Son
The Catalans
The Betrothal Feast
The Deputy Procureur du Roi
The Examination
The Chateau d'If
Villefort and Mercedes
The Little Cabinet of the Tuileries
The Ogre
The Hundred Days
Numbers 34 and 27
An Italian Scholar
The Treasure
The Third Attack
The Cemetery of the Chateau d'If
The Isle of Tiboulen
The Isle of Monte Cristo
The Treasure Cave
The Stranger
The Pont du Gard Inn
Caderousse's Story
The Prison Register
Morrel and Son
The Fifth of September
Roman Bandits
The Apparition
The Carnival at Rome
The Catacombs of St Sebastian
The Guests
The Presentation
Unlimited Credit
The Pair of Dappled Greys
The Morrel Family
The Rise and Fall of Stocks
Pyramus and Thisbe
M. Noirtier de Villefort
The Will
The Telegraph
The Dinner
A Conjugal Scene
Matrimonial Plans
A Summer Ball
Mme de Saint-Meran
The Promise
Minutes of the Proceedings
The Progress of Cavalcanti Junior
Haydee's Story
The Report from Janina
The Lemonade
The Accusation
The Trial
The Challenge
The Insult
The Night
The Duel
The Secret Door
The Apparition Again
The Serpent
Danglars' Signature
The Judge
The Departure
The Fifth of October
Interpretive Notes
Critical Excerpts
Questions for Discussion
Suggestions for the Interested Reader
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