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Few novelists have been such master storytellers as was Alexandre Dumas. This great tale of love, imprisonment, revenge and political intrigue has captivated readers from the first moment it was published. French society, history, landscapes and characters are all brought alive so memorably. The Count of Monte Cristo, with good reason, is one of the best-selling novels of all time.
Dumas was himself a larger-than-life personality. Incredibly prolific as a novelist, playwright and even author of a cookbook, he indulged in numerous affairs, fathered illegitimate children, spent lavishly, and travelled widely. He coped bravely with the prejudices of the day regarding his mixed-race heritage (his grandmother was an Afro-Caribbean slave). Generous, hospitable, impulsive and humorous, Dumas remains one of the most translated of French authors. Learn more about this fascinating and lovable man.
Few novels have been as frequently filmed, adapted, sequelled (there has even been an erotic sequel), and turned into songs and video games. Discover the extraordinary after-life of this book. The Count of Monte Cristo, with good reason, is one of the best-selling novels of all time. Join me in discussing its author and its brilliance.
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