Alexandre Dumas was born in 1802. He is a french playwright, historian, and author. He is best known for his novel, "The Three Musketeers". The novel displayed to the right is one of his other famous novels, "The Count of Monte Cristo". This piece is from the romanticism era. One critic said, "In this book Dumas deals with very real feelings of people, addressing the treacherous circumstances people had to live in in France at the time of the revolution, but asks a very fundamental question as to justness" (literaturenetwork). The book is about a man who seeks revenge, and escapes jail. Some say the story can be summed up in three words "Pede poena claudo" meaning "retribution comes limping" (literaturenetwork). The man by the name of Edmond Dantes is sent to jail unjustly for 14 years. In an effort to get revenge Dantes emotionally and financially destroys the three men who sent him there.