"Dumas is a master of ripping yarns full of fearless heroes, poisonous ladies and swashbuckling adventurers."-The Guardian "I do not say there is no character as well-drawn in Shakespeare (as D'Artagnan). I do say that there is none that I love so wholly."-Robert Louis Stevenson "a masterpiece which remains as fresh and living as if it were written yesterday."-J. Lucas-Dubreton With it's extraordinary and intoxicating narrative Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers(1844) has captivated the imaginations of readers for hundreds of years. The deliriously robust adventure follows the journey of a swaggering young Gascon who yearns to become an elite Musketeer of the guard of the Ancien Regime of 17th century France. This timeless novel of intrigue and romance, initially published in French as Les Trois Mousquetaires in 1844, begins as the young hero D'Artagnan journeys from his home in the province of Gascony to Paris to fulfill his dream of seeking a fortune. A skillful swordman, noble and intelligent, he is given a letter of introduction to the head of the King's Musketeers, the distinguished Monsieur de Treville. During his first stop at an inn, D'Artagnan is involved in a fight, and his letter is stolen. Undeterred by his setback, he meets Treville at his headquarters, and is given a post as a King's Guard to prove his worthiness of becoming a Musketeer. After a contentious run-in with three of the most notable of the King's Musketeers, he agrees to a duel. The bout with the distinguished Athos, the reticent Aramis, and the brash Portos result in a remarkable friendship between the four men. The masterful story of the intrigues and the adventure of D'Artagnan and the three Musketeers, is a timeless classic and has been the inspiration of numerous film, television, and stage adaptations. /p> With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of The Three Musketeers is both modern and readable.