As the the bicentennary of the French Revolution draws near,
Dickens' historical novel serves as a timely reminder of
nineteenth-century reactions to that great upheaval. Set between
1757 and 1793, A Tale of Two Cities views the causes and effects of
the Revolution from an essentially private point of view, showing
how private experience relates to public history. Dickens'
characters are fictional, and their political activity is minimal,
yet all are drawn towards the Paris of the Terror, and all become
caught up in its web of human suffering and human sacrifice. This
edition includes extensive explanatory notes giving crucial
background information about the Revolution and Dickens' sources.
'the best story I have written' Charles Dickens