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Title: The Count of Monte Cristo
Author: Alexandre Dumas, père
Language: English

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Alexandre Dumas (1802-70), the author of The Three Musketeers and, therefore, the Man within the Iron Mask, was one of his era's foremost successful authors. He was a celebrated writer of mixed heritage, born of a French Nobleman and a mother from the French colony of Saint-Domingue. His military education provided an upscale seam for his dashing stories of historical adventure fiction, but he also wrote plays, essays, and many letters.

The Count of Monte Cristo may be a tale of revenge and retribution. Edmond Dantes, a young, energetic sailor, is falsely accused of treason on his day and incarcerated within the forbidding Chateau d'If. His escape and supreme revenge on those who wronged him make this one among the top thrilling stories in French literature, as compelling now as it was first published in 1846.

On the eve of his wedding, a young sailor named Edmond Dant s is wrongly accused of treason and imprisoned for all times within the Chateau d'If, a reputedly impregnable island fortress. After a daring escape, Dant s unearths a treasure revealed to him by another prisoner and devotes the remainder of his life to tracking down and punishing the enemies who wronged him in disguise because of the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo. Set against the dramatic upheavals of the years after Napoleon, Alexandre Dumas's epic tale of betrayal and revenge is one of the foremost thrilling and enduringly popular adventure novels ever written.

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Alexandre Dumas (7/24, 1802-1870), one of the most popular and prolific French writers of the 19th century, became famous for his playwriting at the age of 30 and opened the curtain of French romantic drama.

Since 1844, he has been publishing popular novels such as "The Three Musketeers" and "The Chronicles of Monte Cristo," which have been translated into almost every language globally and are widely popular. He is the author of more than 150 novels, 90 plays, and 250 volumes of anthologies and is known for his historical novels. His books, with their compact plots, vivid characters, and a rich sense of staging, have been popular with readers worldwide, and he has written a staggering number of over two hundred and seventy titles in his lifetime.

In 2002, two hundred years after the birth of Alexandre Dumas, the President of France, François Schihak, recently decreed that Dumas' ashes would be transferred to the Pantheon's Pantheon in Paris on November 30, sharing the glory with the great French writers such as Victor Hugo, Voltaire, and Zola, affirming that his prodigious talent is a national treasure of France, just like Hugo.

Dumas lived only sixty-eight years, but his life was so colorful and varied that it was worth several lifetimes of the average person.

His grandfather, a wandering nobleman, settled on the island of Santo Domingo in 1760, where he had a black slave girl who gave birth to Dumas's father (Dumas was the surname of the black grandmother).

Dumas's father returned to France with his father in 1780. He served with distinction in the army from the beginning of the Revolution, rising through the ranks to marry a local innkeeper in Villecote Noire, who gave birth to Dumas.

General Dumas was a republican, and when he saw people being killed by guillotine during the Revolution, he closed his window and could not bear to look at them. After returning to France, a heroic general became a non-civilian and non-military man, not even receiving his pension and salary. When he died, Dumas was only four years old.

Once, a British officer stayed at his home and tried to communicate with him in Latin, but Dumas, who did not know any Latin, was English.

Dumas' childhood was very much like that of Silent Cypress in his work, The Great Ambitious Man, in that he did not study much and often wandered in the woods because, on the one hand, his family was poor and often hungry, and there were wild birds in the woods to fill his stomach; on the other hand, his mother refused to let him repeat the mistakes of his father and forced him to learn the violin. Not only did he avoid the pain of practicing, but he also saved himself the expense of lighting candles to light his music during practice. Later, his violin teacher saw that he was not interested and cried to his mother to stop wasting her time. But his mother found a job for him as a trainee in a notary's office because of his beautiful handwriting.

The turning point in Dumas's life was when he met a friend named Adolphe. This friend was the son of a Swedish nobleman and the father of a heroic man who was exiled in France because of his sympathy for the Revolution and his participation in the murder of the king. Through his guidance, Dumas had his first glimpse into the hall of literature. Adolphe, a young literary man, introduced Dumas to the theater and the modern poetry of Lamartine and others and made him aspire to become a writer.

At twenty, Dumas took the 90 francs he had won from playing marbles and went to Paris to make his mark. His father's former captains were already high-ranking generals. After the restoration of Emperor Napoleon, he became a natural royalist, and no one wanted to help the son of a republican general. Fortunately, there was a wealthy general who, for his father's sake, saw that he could write beautifully and recommended him to the Duke of Orléans, the latter's son.

Fortunately, a wealthy general, seeing his father's beautiful handwriting, recommended him to the Duke of Orléans, later King Louis-Philippe, as a clerk so that he could be well fed and clothed.

Dumas admired Shakespeare, Schiller, Watt, and Scotus and began his career by writing plays. His first play, Henry III and His Court rang the first victory bell of the Romantic theater and made him a star in the literary world.

Later he began to write novels, and in 1844 he became a household name with The Chronicles of Mount Kiddush, and his reputation has remained unbroken ever since. He is also known for the Three Musketeers trilogy, the Vallo dynasty trilogy (Queen Margot series), and the four books before and after the Revolution (The Great Ambitious). His works include 25 plays, novels, travelogues, memoirs, etc., totaling more than 270 titles.

Dumas wrote not only novels, plays, and travelogues but also newspapers. He started his newspaper to provoke censorship at that time. When people banned his articles, he did not dare to publish them in the newspapers, so he made his copies; others did not dare to write them, so he did everything himself. He once asked Lamartine what he thought of his newspaper, and Lamartine wrote to him: "You ask me what I think of your newspaper, I only have opinions about human things, but not about miracles, my opinion of you is an exclamation point ...... you are always surprising.

Hugo said: " you are like Voltaire reincarnated. You are our most excellent comfort in this humiliated and silent France.

Dumas lived an active life, writing incessantly until a few months before his death, and his work, like his person, is rich, generous, bold, full of wonder and interest.

A biography of Alexandre Dumas reads.

"If you have time to read three, then add Monte Cristo and The Queen of Margaux; if you want to read five, add Twenty Years After and Madame de Montsoreau; if you choose ten volumes of Dumas, then add The Great Ambitious, The Forty-Five Guardians, My Memoirs, Anthony, and The Great Ambitious. Suppose you choose ten books by Alexandre Dumas, The Forty-five Guardians, My Memoirs, Anthony, and The Viscount de Bourgeois. If you've read all ten, you'll be hooked and won't need to be recommended to read anything else."