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Video SparkNotes: Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities summary
Dickens' second historical novel, which he considered "the best story I have written," provides a highly-charged examination of human suffering and human sacrifice. Private experience and public history paralled one another as the political activities and personal responsibilities of these fictional characters, during the French Revolution, draw them into the Paris of the Terror. About the Series: For over years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe.
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Thomas Carlyle — author, biographer, and historian. Angela Burdett Coutts — philanthropist. Wilkie Collins — writer. A Tale of Two Cities. He has just been released, demented, when the story opens; he is brought to England, where he gradually recovers his sanity.
The story is set in the late 18th century against the background of the French Revolution. The scenes of large-scale mob violence are especially vivid, if superficial in historical understanding. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess—the latter memorably caricatured in Madame Defarge , who knits beside the guillotine. A Tale of Two Cities. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback.