Your literary education is simply not complete until you've read The Count of Monte Cristo. Alexandre Dumas' famous tale of adventure, romance, and revenge is one of those transcendent works of art that bewitches everyone who consumes it, regardless of taste or background. So many modern tropes used in fiction today were originated or developed by this story, including buried treasure, acquired immunity to poison, secret identities, faked deaths, and daring escapes. The Count of Monte Cristo is the grandaddy of all revenge stories, a tale that even Quentin Tarantino's vengeance-obsessed characters can't compete with. Oh yeah, and he also wrote The Three Musketeers, the best swashbuckling epic of all time too. No biggie.