"He started out as Edmond Dantes, but later on he became the Count of Monte Cristo."
Alexandre Dumas
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The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel written by Alexandre Dumas. It is considered to be one of his most popular work, along with The Three Musketeers. The novel was written in 1844. Like many of his novels, it is expanded from plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet.

 The Count of Monte Cristo is primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengance, mercy, and forgiveness. It is the story of a man wrongfully imprisoned, who escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and sets about taking revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. His vengeance brings devastation to both innocent and guilty.