A Tale of Two Cities
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A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens

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A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens

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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. Complete and unabridged, A Tale of Two Cities is an essential collectible that is both elegant and portable and features a new introduction by Brian Bartell. The Knickerbocker Classics bring together the works of classic authors from around the world in stunning gift editions to be collected and enjoyed.

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7 February
Charles John Huffam Dickens is born to John and Elizabeth Barrow Dickens at Landport in the Portsea Island section of Portsmouth
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is published by Thomas Egerton, Whitehall, London
18 June
Napoleon is defeated at Waterloo by the combined armies of the Seventh Coalition
The Dickens family moves to Chatham to be close to the Naval Yard where John Dickens works as a clerk in the pay office
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is published by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, Finsbury Square, London
29 January
King George III dies and is succeeded by George IV
John Dickens loses his job due to reforms in the Admiralty, and the family moves to Camden Town, London
The British Museum is rebuilt and expanded
2 February
John Dickens is arrested for debt and sent to Marshalsea Debtors Prison
Charles is sent to Warren’s Blacking Factory at Hungerford Market and is put to work to help pay off the family’s debt
28 May
John Dickens is released from prison and the family returns to Camden Town, though Charles is left to work through the summer at a blacking (dye) factory
Charles returns home and attends a day school on Hempstead Road, London
Charles is sent to Wellington House Academy in Camden Town
27 September
The first passenger steam train trip is made between Stockton and Darlington in Durham, England
Charles takes a position as a junior clerk at a law office in Holborn Court, Grey’s Inn, London
22 January
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, is elected prime minister
Charles leaves the law firm to become a freelance court reporter at Doctor’s Commons Courts, London
Robert Peel establishes London’s Metropolitan Police
26 June
King George IV dies and is succeeded by his brother, William IV
Maria Beadnell’s parents respond to Charles’s ardor for their daughter by sending her to school in Paris, thereby ending the relationship a few years later
Dickens is taken on by the Morning Chronicle as a political journalist to report on election campaigns and the demonstrations in favor of the Great Reform Act
4 June
The Great Reform Act becomes law, enfranchising about five hundred thousand new voters
Dickens’s first story to be published, “Dinner on Poplar Walk,” appears in the London periodical Monthly Magazine
Dickens adopts the pseudonym “Boz”
Dickens’s friend, editor of the Evening Chronicle George Hogarth, introduces him to his daughter Catherine
Dickens and Catherine are engaged
Dickens’s collection of previously published short stories, Sketches by Boz, is published by John Macrone, London
30 March
The initial installment of Dickens’s first novel, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, is published by Chap...

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