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Alexandre Dumas (English /duːmˈɑː, djuː-/, French: [alɛksɑ̃dʁ dyma], born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie [dyma davi də la pajətʁi]; 24 July 1802 - 5 December 1870), also known as Alexandre Dumas, père, was a French writer. His works have been translated into nearly 100 languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors. Many of his historical novels of high adventure were originally published as serials, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later. His novels have been adapted since the early twentieth century for nearly 200 films. Dumas' last novel, The Knight of Sainte-Hermine, unfinished at his death, was completed by a scholar and published in 2005, becoming a bestseller. It was published in English in 2008 as The Last Cavalier.
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The epic tale of wrongful imprisonment, adventure and revenge, in its definitive translation
Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to use the treasure to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas' epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s.
Translated with an Introduction by ROBIN BUSS
This edition features a dynamic table of contents for easy navigation and a variety of original illustrations.
The story takes place in France, Italy, islands in the Mediterranean and the Levant during the historical events of 1815–1838 (from just before the Hundred Days through the reign of Louis-Philippe of France). The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. It is primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, forgiveness and death, and is told in the style of an adventure story.
Under the watchful eye of their patron M. de Treville, the four defend the honour of the regiment against the guards of the Cardinal Richelieu and the honor of the queen against the machinations of the Cardinal himself as the power struggles of 17th-century France are vividly played out in the background.
But their most dangerous encounter is with the Cardinal’s spy: Milady, one of literature’s most memorable female villains.
"I do not say there is no character as well-drawn in Shakespeare [as D’Artagnan]. I do say there is none that I love so wholly." —Robert Louis Stevenson
"A masterpiece which remains as fresh and living as if it were written yesterday." —Jean Lucas-Dubreton
"Dumas had genius of a certain kind — the genius that comes of vigour and a sense of the dramatic." —André Maurois
The D'Artagnan Romances
The Three Musketeers
Twenty Years After
The Vicomte of Bragelonne
Ten Years Later
Louise da la Valliere
The Man in the Iron Mask
The Valois Trilogy
Queen Margot (Marguerite de Valois)
Chicot de Jester: La Dame de Monsoreau
The Forty-Five Guardsmen
The Memoirs of a Physician - Marie Antoinette Series
Joseph Balsamo: The Magician
The Mesmerist's Victim: Andrea de Taverney
The Queen's Necklace
Taking the Bastile: Ange Pitou
The Countess de Charny: The Execution of King Louis XVI
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Conspirators: The Chevalier d'Harmental
The Regent's Daughter
The Hero of the People
The Royal Life-Guard
The Sicilian Bandit
The Corsican Brothers
The Companions of Jehu
The Wolf Leader
The Black Tulip
The Last Vendee
The Prussian Terror
Essays & Biography:
A Gossip on a Novel of Dumas's by Robert Louis Stevenson
Alexandre Dumas from ESSAYS IN LITTLE by Andrew Lang
ALEXANDRE DUMAS by Adolphe Cohn
Alexandre Dumas, père (1802-1870) was a French writer whose works have been translated into nearly 100 languages and he is one of the most widely read French authors. His most famous works are The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
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When Aramis, one of the three musketeers, discovers that the king of France has a twin brother, he plans a coup d’état in an attempt to secretly replace King Louis with his brother Philippe. Entrusting his secret plan to Porthos, Raoul, and D’Artagnan, the friends pit themselves against the power of the French monarchy.
The Man in the Iron Mask is the last volume of the D’Artagnan Romances, and has been published on its own and also as the final volume in the The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later, a large novel that encompasses the four final D’Artagnan volumes. The story detailed in this volume inspired the 1998 film The Man in the Iron Mask starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jeremy Irons.
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Set at the height of the "tulipomania" that gripped Holland in 17th century, this is the story of Cornelius van Baerle, a humble grower whose sole desire is to grow the perfect specimen of the tulip negra.
When his godfather is murdered, Cornelius finds himself caught up in the deadly politics of the time, imprisoned and facing a death sentence. His jailor's daughter Rosa, holds both the key to his survival and his chance to produce the ultimate tulip.
Georges Munier is a sensitive boy growing up in the nineteenth century on the island of Mauritius. The son of a wealthy mulatto, Pierre Munier, Georges regularly sees how his father’s courage is tempered by a sense of inferiority before whites–and Georges vows that he will be different.
When Georges matures into a man committed to “moral superiority mixed with physical strength,” the stage is set for a conflict with the island’s rich and powerful plantation owner, Monsieur de Malmédie, and a forbidden romance with Sara, the beautiful woman engaged to Malmédie’s son.
Swordplay, a slave rebellion, a harrowing escape, and a vow of vengeance–Georges is unmistakably the work of the master who wrote The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. Yet it stands apart as the only book Dumas ever wrote that confronts the subject of race–a potent topic, since Dumas was of African ancestry himself.
This edition also features a captivating Introduction by Jamaica Kincaid and an eloquent Afterword and Notes by Werner Sollors, who addresses key themes such as colonialism, racism, African slavery, and interracial intimacy.
Long out of print in America, Georges can now be appreciated as never before and added to the greatest works of this immortal author.
La historia tiene lugar en Francia, Italia y varias islas del Mediterráneo durante los hechos históricos de 1814-1838 - Los Cien Días del gobierno de Napoleón I, el reinado de Luis XVIII de Francia, de Carlos X de Francia y el reinado de Luis Felipe I de Francia. Trata sobre todo los temas de la justicia, la venganza, la piedad y el perdón y está contada en el estilo de una historia de aventuras.
Dumas obtuvo la idea principal de una historia real que encontró en las memorias de un hombre llamado Jacques Peuchet. Peuchet contaba la historia de un zapatero llamado François Picaud que vivía en París en 1807. Picaud se comprometió con una mujer rica, pero cuatro amigos celosos le acusaron falsamente de ser un espía de Inglaterra. Fue encarcelado durante siete años. Durante su encarcelamiento, un compañero de prisión moribundo le legó un tesoro escondido en Milán. Cuando Picaud fue liberado en 1814, tomó posesión del tesoro, volvió bajo otro nombre a París y dedicó diez años a trazar su exitosa venganza contra sus antiguos amigos.