Cover of: A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens ; edited with an introduction and notes by Richard Maxwell.

Contributors

  • Editor
    Richard Maxwell

About the Book

The storming of the Bastille...the death carts with their doomed human cargo...the swift drop of the guillotine blade - this is the French Revolution that Charles Dickens vividly captures in his famous work, A Tale of Two Cities. With dramatic eloquence, he brings to life a time of terror and treason, a starving people rising in frenzy and hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent regime. With insight and compassion, he casts his novel of unforgettable scenes with unforgettable characters: the sinister Madame Defarge, knitting her patterns of death; the gentle Lucie Manette, unswerving in her devotion to her broken father ; the heroic Sydney Carton, who gives his life for the love of a girl who would never be his.

About the Edition

After finishing A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens said 'it has greatly moved and excited me in the doing'. One of his most haunting novels, it has since its first serial publication in 1859, continued to exert a grip on the popular imagination.

Set mainly during the French Revolution in a lethal, vengeful Paris and a leafy, tranquil London, the two cities of the title ar only one of the novel's stark dichotomies, which are continued as Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay are drawn towards their separate destinies - their lives touched by the same woman.

In his absorbing introduction, Richard Maxwell discusses the novel's intricate design, in which Dickens magnificently interweaves epic drama with personal tragedy. Comparing it to Carlyle's French Revolution and Hugo's Les Miserables, Maxwell argues that A Tale of Two Cities 'stands as Dickens's most memorable effort to see a world in a very small space; a work short by its nature...yet curiously at its ease among giants.'
(back cover)

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 441-[482]).
First published weekly in All the year around, 1859.
UK/CAN/USA

Series
Penguin Classics
Genre
Fiction.
Copyright Date
2000

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
823/.8
Library of Congress
PR4571.A2 M39 2000

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
li, 481, [1] p. :
Number of pages
481

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL6899373M
Internet Archive
taleoftwocities00dick_2
ISBN 10
0140437304
ISBN 13
9780140437300
LC Control Number
00708796
Amazon.com
0140437304
Google
UyWydT3VkyQC
Library Thing
17728
Goodreads
6488183
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