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

Contributors

  • Introduction
    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 eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille the aging Dr Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There, two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil lanes of London, they are all drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror and soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

This edition uses the text as it appeared in its first serial publication in 1859 to convey the full scope of Dickens's vision, and includes the original illustrations by H.K. Browne ('Phiz'). Richard Maxwell's introduction discusses the intricate interweaving of epic drama with personal tragedy.

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. xli-xlvii).
Includes updated editorial material, revised Dickens Chronology and new appendix.
Reprint
UK/CAN/US

Series
Penguin Classics
Genre
Fiction.
Copyright Date
2003

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
823/.8
Library of Congress
PR4571.A2 M39 2003

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
lii, 488 p. :

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL3703019M
Internet Archive
taleoftwocities100dick
ISBN 10
0141439602
ISBN 13
9780141439600
LC Control Number
2003270053
Amazon.com
0141439602
Google
Bey3tgEACAAJ
Library Thing
17728
Goodreads
1953
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