By Robin Buss, Alexandre Dumas père
Author note: Translated and an advent by way of Robin Buss
Tile note: unique identify Le Comte de Monte-Cristo
Publish yr note: First released 1845
Thrown in legal for against the law he has no longer dedicated, Edmond Dantes is constrained to the awful citadel of If. There he learns of an exceptional hoard of treasure hidden at the Isle of Monte Cristo and turns into made up our minds not just to flee yet to unearth the treasure and use it to devise the destruction of the 3 males chargeable for his incarceration. an incredible renowned luck while it used to be first serialized within the 1840s, Dumas was once encouraged by way of a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment while writing his epic story of agony and retribution.
Alexandre Dumas (1824-95) was once a pioneer of the Romantic theatre in France, for which he wrote a sequence of colorful ancient dramas, even though it is as a novelist that he's most sensible identified this day. His works comprise the 3 Musketeers (1844-5), los angeles Reine Margot (1845).
Robin Buss is a journalist and translator.
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