Cover of: A tale of two cities | Charles Dickens ; edited with an introduction and notes by Richard Maxwell.

About the Book

This historical novel focuses on the events before and during the French Revolution. The main protagonists are Charles Darnay, an honest and virtuous French aristocrat sentenced indiscriminately to the guillotine, and Sydney Carton, a dissipated English barrister who vows to redeem his own soul by saving Darnay from the Parisian mob. Originally published in weekly instalments.

Set in London and Paris at the time of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities (1859) sees the causes and effects of that great social upheaval from an essentially private point of view. Dickens's characters are fictional, their responses individual, their political activity minimal, but all are caught up in a web woven by their own activities and responsibilities, and all are drawn to the Paris of the Terror. A Tale of Two Cities is Dickens's second historical novel, which he considered "the best story I have written"; it has his tightest and most shapely plot, and shows great narrative daring and experiment. This edition includes extensive notes on the background to the Revolution. Two appendices give variant readings and historical and fictional chronologies for the novel. - Back cover.

Edition Notes

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

Series Penguin classics
Genre Fiction.


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

The Physical Object

Pagination lii, 488 p. :
Number of pages 488

ID Numbers

Open Library OL3703019M
Internet Archive taleoftwocities100dick
ISBN 10 0141439602
LC Control Number 2003270053
Library Thing 17728
Goodreads 1953

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