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A beautiful new clothbound edition of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel of wrongful imprisonment, adventure and revenge. Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of the Château d'If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and becomes determined not only to escape but to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. A huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s, Dumas was inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment when writing his epic tale of suffering and retribution.

ISBN-13: 9780141392462

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Publication Date: 08-27-2013

Pages: 1312

Product Dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 2.20(d)

Age Range: 18 Years

Series: Penguin Clothbound Classics

Alexandre Dumas was born in 1802 at Villers-Cotterets in France. He received very little education but when he entered the household of the future king, Louis-Philippe, he began to read voraciously and then to write. He is best remembered for his historical novels, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. Dumas died in 1870. Robin Buss was a writer and translator who worked for the Independent on Sunday and as television critic for The Times Educational Supplement. He published critical studies of works by Vigny and Cocteau, and three books on European cinema, The French Through Their Films (1988), Italian Films (1989) and French Film Noir (1994). He also translated a number of volumes for Penguin Classics. He died in 2006.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Chronology of Alexandre Dumas's Life and Work xvii
Historical Context of The Count of Monte Cristo xix
I Marseilles--The Arrival 1
II Father and Son 10
III The Catalans 15
IV The Betrothal Feast 23
V The Deputy Procureur du Roi 31
VI The Examination 36
VII The Chateau d'If 45
VIII Villefort and Mercedes 54
IX The Little Cabinet of the Tuileries 58
X The Ogre 64
XI The Hundred Days 68
XII Numbers 34 and 27 72
XIII An Italian Scholar 83
XIV The Treasure 100
XV The Third Attack 112
XVI The Cemetery of the Chateau d'If 118
XVII The Isle of Tiboulen 122
XVIII The Isle of Monte Cristo 133
XIX The Treasure Cave 138
XX The Stranger 145
XXI The Pont du Gard Inn 148
XXII Caderousse's Story 154
XXIII The Prison Register 165
XXIV Morrel and Son 171
XXV The Fifth of September 183
XXVI Roman Bandits 192
XXVII The Apparition 198
XXVIII The Carnival at Rome 208
XXIX The Catacombs of St Sebastian 221
XXX The Guests 237
XXXI The Presentation 254
XXXII Unlimited Credit 263
XXXIII The Pair of Dappled Greys 271
XXXIV Haydee 279
XXXV The Morrel Family 284
XXXVI Toxicology 290
XXXVII The Rise and Fall of Stocks 300
XXXVIII Pyramus and Thisbe 308
XXXIX M. Noirtier de Villefort 316
XL The Will 323
XLI The Telegraph 331
XLII The Dinner 337
XLIII A Conjugal Scene 348
XLIV Matrimonial Plans 355
XLV A Summer Ball 361
XLVI Mme de Saint-Meran 377
XLVII The Promise 383
XLVIII Minutes of the Proceedings 402
XLIX The Progress of Cavalcanti Junior 419
L Haydee's Story 426
LI The Report from Janina 444
LII The Lemonade 452
LIII The Accusation 463
LIV The Trial 468
LV The Challenge 479
LVI The Insult 484
LVII The Night 491
LVIII The Duel 498
LIX Revenge 502
LX Valentine 512
LXI The Secret Door 525
LXII The Apparition Again 531
LXIII The Serpent 537
LXIV Maximilian 542
LXV Danglars' Signature 550
LXVI Consolation 557
LXVII Separation 568
LXVIII The Judge 582
LXIX Expiation 591
LXX The Departure 597
LXXI The Fifth of October 611
Notes 621
Interpretive Notes 637
Critical Excerpts 647
Questions for Discussion 661
Suggestions for the Interested Reader 663