September 1, 1998
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1853267333
ISBN - 13: 9781853267338
About the Book
The story of Edmund Dantes, self-styled Count of Monte Cristo, is told with consummate skill. The victim of a miscarriage of justice, Dantes is fired by a desire for retribution and empowered by a stroke of providence. In his campaign of vengeance, he becomes an anonymous agent of fate.
From the Publisher
With an Introduction and Notes by Keith Wren, University of Kent at
CanterburyThe story of Edmund Dantes, self-styled Count of Monte Cristo,
is told with consummate skill. The victim of a miscarriage of justice,
Dantes is fired by a desire for retribution and empowered by a stroke of
providence. In his campaign of vengeance, he becomes an anonymous agent of
fate. The sensational narrative of intrigue, betrayal, escape, and
triumphant revenge moves at a cracking pace. Dumas' novel presents a
powerful conflict between good and evil embodied in an epic saga of rich
diversity that is complicated by the hero's ultimate discomfort with the
hubristic implication of his own actions.
About the Author
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.
From Our Editors
Originally published in 1844, Alexandre Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo remains a cult classic. The tale of Edmond Dantes, the self-styled Count of Monte Cristo, the manner in which he was wronged and his deep-rooted need for revenge keeps readers on the edge of their seats. This tale of vengeance, betrayal and revenge presents a powerful ever-present conflict between good and evil.
I am not sure why I felt it was important for me to read this book but I did. Had I not expected so much from the author of such books as The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask, I would not have been so disappointed. At over 800 pages, the book is very wordy, and the author's moralizing is almost worse than the fantastical plot turns. It you should ever get the itch to read this book, do yourself a favour and read an abridged version -- or wait for a movie version.