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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
After thirty-five years, the Three Musketeers—Athos, Aramis, and Porthos—join forces again. This time, it’s to rid France of corrupt King Louis XIV. True to their ingenuity, they plan to replace him with the mysterious prisoner in the barbaric iron mask now languishing in the Bastille. But their old comrade D’Artagnan, still in loyal service to the court, stands in their way. As the daring coup unfolds, literature’s legendary brotherhood is put to the test.
Alexandre Dumas’s elegiac tribute to friendship, honor, and loyalty reaches its epic conclusion in this final and thrilling adventure of the Musketeers.
Revised edition: Previously published as The Man in the Iron Mask, this edition of The Man in the Iron Mask (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
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.
Young nobleman d’Artagnan has arrived in Paris intent on joining the guardians of King Louis XIII. He befriends the regiment’s most formidable musketeers, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, and together they unite in their commitment to uphold justice. Soon, a royal indiscretion thrusts them into an audacious escapade of courtly intrigue, thwarted romance, and daring rescue. But it’s the Machiavellian schemes of a powerful enemy and the wicked seductions of an ingenious female spy that will be their greatest challenges.
Alexandre Dumas’s thrilling epic stands as one of the most entertaining historical adventures ever written and has made immortal the all-for-one heroism of these comrades in arms.
Revised edition: Previously published as The Three Musketeers, this edition of The Three Musketeers (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
"Queen Margot" is set in Paris in August 1572 during the reign of Charles IX. The story is based on real characters and events. The novel's protagonist is Marguerite de Valois, better known as Margot, daughter of the deceased Henry II and the infamous scheming Catholic power player Catherine de Medici. Catherine decides to make an overture of goodwill by offering up Margot in marriage to prominent Huguenot and King of Navarre, Henri de Bourbon, a marriage that was supposed to cement the hard-fought Peace of Saint-Germain. At the same time, Catherine schemes to bring about the notorious St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of 1572, assassinating many of the most wealthy and prominent Huguenots who were in the largely-Catholic city of Paris to escort the Protestant prince to his wedding…
Although "Queen Margot"is based on real characters and events, certain aspects of the novel may be inconsistent with the historical record; historians have attributed this to artistic licence and the fact that Dumas might have been influenced by propaganda against certain characters, notably Catherine. Written in French, it was almost immediately translated into English, first anonymously, and soon after by David Bogue as "Marguerite de Valois: An Historical Romance".
"Queen Margot" is the first book of The Valois Trilogy and followed by "Chicot the Jester" and "The Forty Five Guardsmen."
The foursome is suddenly ambushed by the guards of the villainous Cardinal Richelieu, and d'Artagnan fights alongside them, showcasing his sword skills and his honour.
D'Artagnan is welcomed into the ranks of the three Musketeers, and what transpires next is a thrilling story replete with deceit, camaraderie, and retaliation.
The 1700 book Mémoires de Monsieur d'Artagnan by Courtilz de Sandras, which was based on actual occurrences involving d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, gave Alexandre Dumas the inspiration for The Three Musketeers.
Dumas gave them personality, made them seem more genuine than the actual reality, and gave them a human face.