A Tale of Two Cities

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-08-01
  • Publisher: Signet Classics
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Dickens's classic tale of the French Revolution brings to life a time of terror and treason, and chronicles a starving people who rise in frenzy and hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent regime. This 150th anniversary edition features a new Afterword. Revised reissue.

Author Biography

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, at Landport, near Portsmouth, England. He died at Gads Hill, his home in Kent, on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children in a family often plagued by debt, Dickens at ten saw his father arrested and confined in the Marshalsea, a debtors' prison in London, and although a small boy he was placed in a blacking factory where he worked at labeling bottles, visiting John Dickens on Sundays. Charles returned to school on his father's release, taught himself shorthand, and at sixteen became a parliamentary reporter. At twenty-four his career took off with the publication of Sketches by Boz (1836), which was followed by Pickwick Papers the next year. As a novelist and magazine editor he had a long run of serialized successes through Our Mutual Friend (1864-65). His family life had ended earlier, in 1858, when fame drew him apart from his wife of twenty-three years, Catherine, and (although his readers never knew) into the arms of young Ellen Ternan, an actress. Ill health slowed him down but he continued his popular dramatic readings from his fiction to an adoring public that included Queen Victoria. At his death he left The Mystery of Edwin Drood unfinished. Frederick Busch is the author of eighteen works of fiction, including Closing Arguments, Girls, and The Mutual Friend, a novel about Charles Dickens. The winner of numerous awards, he is the Fairchild Professor of Literature at Colgate University.

Table of Contents

Recalled to Life
The Periodp. 1
The Mailp. 3
The Night Shadowsp. 8
The Preparationp. 11
The Wine-shopp. 20
The Shoemakerp. 29
The Golden Thread
Five Years Laterp. 38
A Sightp. 43
A Disappointmentp. 48
Congratulatoryp. 59
The Jackalp. 64
Hundreds of Peoplep. 69
Monseigneur in Townp. 79
Monseigneur in the Countryp. 86
The Gorgon's Headp. 90
Two Promisesp. 99
A Companion Picturep. 105
The Fellow of Delicacyp. 108
The Fellow of No Delicacyp. 114
The Honest Tradesmanp. 117
Knittingp. 126
Still Knittingp. 135
One Nightp. 143
Nine Daysp. 147
An Opinionp. 152
A Pleap. 158
Echoing Footstepsp. 161
The Sea Still Risesp. 170
Fire Risesp. 174
Drawn to the Loadstone Rockp. 180
The Track of a Storm
In Secretp. 190
The Grindstonep. 199
The Shadowp. 204
Calm in Stormp. 208
The Wood-sawyerp. 213
Triumphp. 217
A Knock at the Doorp. 223
A Hand at Cardsp. 227
The Game Madep. 237
The Substance of the Shadowp. 247
Duskp. 259
Darknessp. 262
Fifty-twop. 269
The Knitting Donep. 278
The Footsteps Die Out for Everp. 288
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