The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo


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One of the most exciting and best-loved novels of all time, The Count of Monte Cristo is a timeless tale of endurance, courage, and revenge. Falsely accused of treason, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned on an island fortress. After years of solitary confinement in a cramped, dank dungeon, he befriends an Italian prisoner who, with his dying breath, reveals the location of a vast treasure on the island of Monte Cristo. Dantès stages a daring and dramatic escape, retrieves this fabulous fortune, and returns to France to exact revenge on his enemies, posing as the Count of Monte Cristo. Dantès pursues his vengeance to the bitter end, only then realizing that he himself is a victim of fate. This newly revised, unabridged translation is as unputdownable now as it was when the novel first appeared. It thoroughly updates the classic translation based on the original serialization and includes a new bibliography and revised notes, plus a lively introduction by David Coward, a prize-winning translator and editor of nine Dumas novels.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199219650
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/11/2008
Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 1136
Sales rank: 595,493
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 5.10(h) x 2.30(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

David Coward is Professor of French Literature Emeritus at the University of Leeds.

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Table of Contents

Chronology of Alexandre Dumas's Life and Workxvii
Historical Context of The Count of Monte Cristoxix
IMarseilles--The Arrival1
IIFather and Son10
IIIThe Catalans15
IVThe Betrothal Feast23
VThe Deputy Procureur du Roi31
VIThe Examination36
VIIThe Chateau d'If45
VIIIVillefort and Mercedes54
IXThe Little Cabinet of the Tuileries58
XThe Ogre64
XIThe Hundred Days68
XIINumbers 34 and 2772
XIIIAn Italian Scholar83
XIVThe Treasure100
XVThe Third Attack112
XVIThe Cemetery of the Chateau d'If118
XVIIThe Isle of Tiboulen122
XVIIIThe Isle of Monte Cristo133
XIXThe Treasure Cave138
XXThe Stranger145
XXIThe Pont du Gard Inn148
XXIICaderousse's Story154
XXIIIThe Prison Register165
XXIVMorrel and Son171
XXVThe Fifth of September183
XXVIRoman Bandits192
XXVIIThe Apparition198
XXVIIIThe Carnival at Rome208
XXIXThe Catacombs of St Sebastian221
XXXThe Guests237
XXXIThe Presentation254
XXXIIUnlimited Credit263
XXXIIIThe Pair of Dappled Greys271
XXXVThe Morrel Family284
XXXVIIThe Rise and Fall of Stocks300
XXXVIIIPyramus and Thisbe308
XXXIXM. Noirtier de Villefort316
XLThe Will323
XLIThe Telegraph331
XLIIThe Dinner337
XLIIIA Conjugal Scene348
XLIVMatrimonial Plans355
XLVA Summer Ball361
XLVIMme de Saint-Meran377
XLVIIThe Promise383
XLVIIIMinutes of the Proceedings402
XLIXThe Progress of Cavalcanti Junior419
LHaydee's Story426
LIThe Report from Janina444
LIIThe Lemonade452
LIIIThe Accusation463
LIVThe Trial468
LVThe Challenge479
LVIThe Insult484
LVIIThe Night491
LVIIIThe Duel498
LXIThe Secret Door525
LXIIThe Apparition Again531
LXIIIThe Serpent537
LXVDanglars' Signature550
LXVIIIThe Judge582
LXXThe Departure597
LXXIThe Fifth of October611
Interpretive Notes637
Critical Excerpts647
Questions for Discussion661
Suggestions for the Interested Reader663

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