A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

By: Charles Dickens
Published by: Chapman and Hall (London)
Publication Date: 1859

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"Out of this fiery nightmare of violence and sacrifice and terror and nobility are certain scenes that have haunted me for almost fifty years," writes Clifton Fadiman in his afterword.

From the memorable cadences of the opening chapter, tolling the death knell of an age, to the knitting needles of Madame Defarge, to Sydney Carton's last moments, A Tale of Two Cities still stands as one of the most vivid and dramatic historic recreations in all of literature. The two cities are London and Paris; the time is the French Revolution. And against this background of reason and madness, love and hatred, hope and despair, Dickens tells his haunting tale. Individual lives bring shape to the loom of history—Charles Darnay, self-exiled aristocrat to whom the Revolution brings the threat of death; the implacable Madame Defarge to whom the Revolution offers ruthless revenge for ruthless injustice; Sydney Carton, a soul-sick English lawyer who finds his redemption as he sacrifices his life.

With great power and sensitivity Richard M. Powers' 15 full-page illustrations capture all the passion of political ferment—making a distinctive and creative contribution to one of the world's great books.

From the dust jacket of the Macmillan Classic Edition

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A Tale of Two Cities
Reprinted in 2018 by The Folio Society
Available formats: Hardcover
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A Tale of Two Cities Reprint

A Tale of Two Cities
Reprinted in 1984 by The Reader's Digest Association
Reprint illustrated by Hablot K. ("Phiz") Browne
Reprint foreword by Marjorie Housepian Dobkin
Available formats: Hardcover
Series: Reader's Digest The World's Best Reading
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The book was reprinted a few times and also had a brown cover and a red cover.

A Tale of Two Cities Reprint

A Tale of Two Cities
Reprinted in 1962 by The Macmillan Company
Reprint illustrated by Richard M. Powers
Reprint foreword by Clifton Fadiman
Available formats: Hardcover
Series: Macmillan Classics
Series Number: 17
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A Tale of Two Cities Reprint

A Tale of Two Cities
Reprinted by Grosset & Dunlap
Reprint illustrated by Rafaello Busoni
Available formats: Hardcover
Series: Illustrated Junior Library (Pictorial Covers)
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