A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

A Penguin Enriched eBook Classic

Introduction by: Richard Maxwell
Notes by: Richard Maxwell

  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781440657610
  • 544 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known’ After finishing A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens said ‘it has greatly moved and excited me in the doing’. One of his most haunting novels, it has, since its first serial publication in 1859, continued to exert a grip on the popular imagination. Set during the French revolution in a lethal, vengeful Paris and a leafy, tranquil London, the two cities of the title are only a part of the novel’s stark dichotomies, which are continued as Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay – their lives touched by the same woman – are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris only to fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

Enriched eBook Features Editor Kristie Allen provides the following specially commissioned features for this Enriched eBook Classic:

* Filmography for Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities

* Filmography for Dickens’s Novels

* Early Reception of A Tale of Two Cities

* Suggested Further Reading

* What is “Dickensian”?

* Psychology in A Tale of Two Cities

* Dickens and Melodrama

* Dickens and Alcohol

* The Gothic in A Tale of Two Cities

* Dickens and Prisons

* Dickens and Servants

* Dickens Sites to Visit in England

* Illustrations of Eighteenth-Century Fashion and Culture and Dickens’s Victorian World

The enriched eBook format invites readers to go beyond the pages of these beloved works and gain more insight into the life and times of an author and the period in which the book was originally written for a rich reading experience.


“[A Tale of Two Cities] has the best of Dickens and the worst of Dickens: a dark, driven opening, and a celestial but melodramatic ending; a terrifyingly demonic villainess and (even by Dickens’ standards) an impossibly angelic heroine. Though its version of the French Revolution is brutally simplified, its engagement with the immense moral themes of rebirth and terror, justice, and sacrifice gets right to the heart of the matter . . . For every reader in the past hundred and forty years and for hundreds to come, it is an unforgettable ride.”–from the Introduction by Simon Schama
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