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Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities is a classic historical romance that takes place during the French Revolution. A swirling tale with Dickens' characteristic wide-ranging cast of characters, the story follows the aftermath of the release of Dr. Manette and his daughter Lucie, who is married to Darnay. Darney is related to an aristocratic family that committed terrible crimes against the local peasants and is caught up in the Reign of Terror due to his family's associations - leaving Lucie and Dr. Manette to fear for his life. With an afterword by A.N Wilson. 397 pages, softcover.
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Signet Classics Series
Publication Date: 2007
|Dimensions: 6.75 X 4.19 (inches)|
Series: Signet Classics
The storming of the Bastille…the death carts with their doomed human cargo…the swift drop of the guillotine bladethis 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, Dickens casts his novel of unforgettable scenes with some memorable characters: the sinister Madame Defarge, knitting her patterns of death; the gentle Lucie Manette, unswerving in her devotion to her broken father; Charles Darnay, the lover with a secret past; and dissolute Sydney Carton, whose unlikely heroism gives his life meaning.
With an Introduction by Frederick Busch
and an Afterword by A. N. Wilson
Distinguished writer, teacher, and critic Frederick Busch was the author of more than twenty works of fiction, including North, Girls, and The Mutual Friend, a novel about Charles Dickens.
A. N. Wilson was born in 1950 and educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has held a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. Among his acclaimed biographies are Lives of Sir Walter Scott (John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Tolstoy (Whitbread Award for Biography), C.S. Lewis, Hilaire Belloc, and Iris Murdoch. The Victorians, his study of the Victorian Age, and its sequel, After the Victorians, were both published to widest critical acclaim, and he is the award-winning author of such novels as My Name Is Legion and The Healing Art.