A Tale of Two Cities

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-09-01
  • Publisher: Usborne Books
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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." With these famous words, Charles Dickens plunges the reader into 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. One of Dickens's most exciting novels. A Tale of Two Cities is a stirring classic of love, revenge, and redemption.

Author Biography

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) As a best-selling novelist, Charles Dickens was a celebrity of Victorian England. Worldly success was important to him because of his impoverished childhood: his family lived in a debtor's prison, and Charles was forced to work in a factory and educate himself. In his late teens he worked as a law clerk, a reporter, and then a journalist, writing colorful sketches of London life under the pen name "Boz." His first book, The Pickwick Papers, was a best-seller. From then on, Dickens worked fanatically, turning out thick novels, editing magazines, and giving public readings, which won him a reputation as a liberal reformer. A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens' second historical novel, appeared as a magazine serial in 1859. Dickens followed it with two of his greatest works, Great Expectations and Our Mutual Friend. But he was soon overcome by depression, failing health, and compulsive overwork. One morning at his country house in Kent, he died of a heart attack--while seated at his writing desk.

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
Recalled to Life
The Periodp. 11
The Mailp. 13
The Night Shadowsp. 16
The Preparationp. 19
The Wine-Shopp. 27
The Shoemakerp. 34
The Golden Thread
Five Years Laterp. 45
A Sightp. 49
A Disappointmentp. 53
Congratulatoryp. 62
The Jackalp. 66
Hundreds of Peoplep. 70
Monseigneur in Townp. 78
Moneigneur in the Countryp. 84
The Gorgon's Headp. 88
Two Promisesp. 95
A Companion Picturep. 100
The Fellow of Delicacyp. 103
The Fellow of No Delicacyp. 107
The Honest Tradesmanp. 111
Knittingp. 118
Still Knittingp. 125
One Nightp. 132
Nine Daysp. 136
An Opinionp. 140
A Pleap. 145
Echoing Footstepsp. 147
The Sea Still Risesp. 155
Fire Risesp. 158
Drawn to the Loadstone Rockp. 163
The Track of a Stormp. 175
In Secretp. 175
The Grindstonep. 183
The Shadowp. 187
Calm in Stormp. 190
The Wood-Sawyerp. 194
Triumphp. 198
A Knock at the Doorp. 202
A Hand at Cardsp. 206
The Game Madep. 214
The Substance of the Shadowp. 222
Duskp. 232
Darknessp. 234
Fifty-twop. 240
The Knitting Donep. 247
The Footsteps Die Out For Everp. 255
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