A Tale of Two Cities is a classic tale of injustice and sacrifice set in London and Paris in the years surrounding the French Revolution.
Explore Dickens' classic tale of order and disorder, death and resurrection with A Tale of Two Cities. Taking place in London and Paris in the eighteenth century, in the years leading up to and during the French Revolution, Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities is one of injustice, revenge, rebirth, love, and sacrifice. Originally published in thirty-one weekly installments in 1859, this novel is uncharacteristic for Dickens as it lacks comic relief, as well as a protagonist, though London and Paris are considered to be the true protagonists of the story. The turbulence found in this epic tale is also believed to reflect the turmoil in Dickens' personal life at the time.
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Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was a prolific English writer of fiction and nonfiction, including fifteen novels, despite having little formal education. He was born in Portsmouth, England, to a family of little means. When his father was locked up in the Marshalsea debtor's prison in London, twelve-year-old Charles was forced to leave school and work in a boot blacking factory, which inspired his later writings and social activism. The 1936 serialization of his Pickwick Papers marked the beginning of his literary success, which soon propelled him into international celebrity. His works of fiction were especially known for their linguistic creativity and repulsive caricatures, and he was considered the greatest novelist of his era.