A Tale of Two Cities
Illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne (Phiz)
Introduced by Hilary Mantel
This chronicle of love and revolution by the master storyteller is part of the Folio Dickens collection. Reproducing the Nonesuch text, this new edition is introduced by Peter Ackroyd and includes original illustrations by Phiz.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ...
Dickens’s story of the French aristocrat Charles Darnay and dissolute barrister Sydney Carton, drawn together by the love of the same woman, reaches its memorable climax in the bloody cauldron of Paris during the Terror.
The book was first published in 1859, a time when revolution threatened many European countries and some feared that Britain might also succumb. Dickens was passionately alive to the social injustice that fed revolt but equally aware of how ideals soured as anarchy and violence spread. In A Tale of Two Cities Dickens evokes the early hopes and eventual horror of the French Revolution with unforgettable intensity, from Monsieur Mannette traumatised by long years of imprisonment in the Bastille to Madame Defarge, the incarnation of implacable vengeance. This novel also contains some of Dickens’s most chilling scenes and memorable lines.
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.
Quarter-bound in cloth with printed cloth sides
Set in Arno
Frontispiece and 15 black and white illustrations
9½˝ x 6¼˝