A tale of two cities (1906) PDF novel by Charles Dickens

A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens

A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens


A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, deals with the major themes of duality, revolution, and resurrection.

Excerpt from the editor James Weber
When I was acting, with my children and friends, in Mr Wilkie Collixs's drama of The Frozen Deep, I first conceived the main idea of this story. A strong desire was upon me then, to embody it in my own person; and I traced out in my fancy, the state of mind of which it would necessitate the presentation to an observant spectator, with particular care and interest. 

As the idea became familiar to me, it gradually shaped itself into its present form. Throughout its execution, it has had complete possession of me; I have so far verified what is done and suffered in these pages, as that I have certainly done and suffered it all myself. Whenever any reference (however slight) is made here to the condition of the French people before or during the Revolution, it is truly made on the faith of trustworthy witnesses. It has been one of my hopes to add something to the popular and picturesque means of understanding that terrible time, though no one can hope to add anything to the philosophy of Mr Carlyle's wonderful book.

For all its blood and its black guillotines, the French Revolution was full of mere high spirits.' Dickens gained his sense of period through his old trick of discovering such high spirits, and he wrote about it with gusto: yet A Tale of Two Cities is unlike any other book of Dickens's. 


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