Title A Tale of Two Cities (Norton Critical Edition)
Author Charles Dickens
ISBN 9780393264234
List price USD 15.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 396
Book size 134 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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Review of the Book:

“Robert Douglas-Fairhurst’s new edition of A Tale of Two Cities sets the reader down in the midst of Dickens’s vibrant life and times. Douglas-Fairhurst, a gifted biographer of Dickens, has created an edition rich in biographical and historical detail, including a useful range of Dickens’s related writings, as well as an excellent selection of classic and more recent Dickens scholarship.”
Deborah Lutz, University of Louisville


This Norton Critical Edition includes:

  • The first edition of the novel (1859) accompanied by twenty-seven illustrations, from original images by Halbot Knight Browne (“Phiz”) to cartoons from The Simpsons.
  • An expansive introduction and detailed explanatory annotations by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.
  • Thematically organized contextual materials designed to promote classroom discussion. Topics include “Dickens on France and the French,” “Revolution and Aftermath,” “Living Graves,” “Learning French,” “The Composition of A Tale of Two Cities,” and “Theatrical Versions.”
  • Fourteen major critical assessments of A Tale of Two Cities: five contemporary reviews and nine modern essays.
  • A chronology and a selected bibliography.


About the Series

Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.


List of Illustrations
A Note on the Text and Illustrations

The Text of A Tale of Two Cities
Book the First—Recalled to Life
Book the Second—The Golden Thread
Book the Third—The Track of a Storm

Sir Henry F. Dickens • From Memories of My Father • Charles Dickens • From Letter to Count D’Orsay (7 August 1844) • Charles Dickens • From going through France • Charles Dickens • From letter to Emile de la Rue (24 March 1847) • Charles Dickens • From A Monument of French Folly • Charles Dickens • From Our French Watering Place • Charles Dickens • From Insularities

Charles Dickens • From Where We Stopped Growing • Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald • From The Eve of a Revolution • Thomas Carlyle • From The French Revolution • Charles Dickens • From The Pickwick Papers • Charles Dickens • From Letter to John Forster (29 February 1848) • Charles Dickens •  From Judicial Special Pleading • George Augustus Sala • From liberty, Equality, Fraternity, and Musketry • Charles Dickens • From Letter to A. H. Layard (10 April 1855) • Charles Dickens • From Little Dorrit • Charles Dickens  [Travelling Abroad]

Charles Dickens • From Philadelphia, and Its Solitary Prison • Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins • From The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices • Henry Morley • From Use and Abuse of the Dead

Charles Dickens • From Nicholas Nickleby • Charles Dickens • From Our Mutual Friend

Charles Dickens • From Rook of Memoranda • Charles Dickens • Letters Concerning A Tale of Two Cities • To John Forster (25—6 July 1846) • To Rev. Edward Tagart (28 January 1847) • To Daniel Maclise (8 July 1857) • To Angela Burdett-Coutts (5 September 1857) • To John Forster (30 January 1858) • To John Forster (15 March 1858) • To John Forster (11 March 1859) • To W. H. Wills (8 July 1859) • To John Forster (9 July 1859) • To John Forster (25 August 1859) • To Wilkie Collins (6 October 1859) • To François Regnier (15 October 1859) • To Thomas Carlyle (30 October 1859) • To Edward Bulwer-Lytton (5 June 1860)

Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens • From The Frozen Deep • Watts Phillips • From The Dead Heart • Tom Taylor • From A Tale of Two Cities • Charles Dickens • From The Bastille Prisoner

The Sun • Charles Dickens’s New Work • [John Forster] • From the Examiner • The Observer • [The Feeblest That He Has Given to the Public] • [Sir James Fitzjames Stephen] • From the Saturday Review • The Morning Chronicle • [Not a Moment Lost or a Page Wasted]

George Orwell • From Charles Dickens • G. Robert Stange • From Dickens and the Fiery Past: A tale of Two Cities Reconsidered • Taylor Stoehr • From The Style • Robert Alter • From The Demons of History in Dicken’s Tale • Andrew Sanders • From “Cartloads of Books: Some Sources for A Tale of neo Cities • Catherine Waters • From A Tale of Two Cities • Rosemarie Bodenheimer • From Another Man • John Bowen • From Counting On: A Tale of Two Cities • Clare Pettitt • From Dickens and the Form of the Historical Present

Charles Dickens: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography

About the Author:

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is one of the most acclaimed and popular writers of all time. His many works include the classics The Old Curiosity Shop, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, Barnaby Rudge, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Bleak House, Hard Times, Our Mutual Friend, The Pickwick Papers and many more.

Target Audience:

Students and academicians of English literature.


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