Tale of Two Cities

ISBN-10: 1593080557

ISBN-13: 9781593080556

Edition: 2003

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Description: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . .” With these famous words,Charles Dickensplunges the reader into one of history’s most explosive eras—the French Revolution. From the storming of the Bastille to the relentless drop of the guillotine, Dickens vividly captures the terror and upheaval of that tumultuous period. At the center is the novel’s hero, Sydney Carton, a lazy, alcoholic attorney who, inspired by a woman, makes the supreme sacrifice on the bloodstained streets of Paris. One of Dickens’s most exciting novels,A Tale of Two Citiesis a stirring classic of love, revenge, and resurrection.

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List price: $4.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Barnes & Noble, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 4.00" wide x 6.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.792

Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on February 7, 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.

Gillen D'Arcy Wood is professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he directs the Sustainability Studies Initiative in the Humanities. He has written extensively on the cultural and environmental history of the nineteenth century.

Preface to the First Edition
Recalled to Life
The Period
The Mail
The Night Shadows
The Preparation
The Wine-Shop
The Shoemaker
The Golden Thread
Five Years Later
A Sight
A Disappointment
Congratulatory
The Jackal
Hundreds of People
Monseigneur in Town
Moneigneur in the Country
The Gorgon's Head
Two Promises
A Companion Picture
The Fellow of Delicacy
The Fellow of No Delicacy
The Honest Tradesman
Knitting
Still Knitting
One Night
Nine Days
An Opinion
A Plea
Echoing Footsteps
The Sea Still Rises
Fire Rises
Drawn to the Loadstone Rock
The Track of a Storm
In Secret
The Grindstone
The Shadow
Calm in Storm
The Wood-Sawyer
Triumph
A Knock at the Door
A Hand at Cards
The Game Made
The Substance of the Shadow
Dusk
Darkness
Fifty-two
The Knitting Done
The Footsteps Die Out For Ever
Essays
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