A Tale of Two Cities

(1859), Charles Dickens

One of only two historical novels written by the prolific English writer Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities is set in London and Paris before and during the 1789 French Revolution. Notable for its lack of humor, it tells the story of Dr. Manette; his granddaughter Lucie; her husband, émigré Charles Darnay; and Darnay’s lookalike, Sydney Carton. Describing the plight of the peasantry, the storming of the Bastille, and the horrors of the guillotine, Dickens creates suspense when a long-buried secret is revealed, putting Darnay’s life at risk.

Great Expectations

(1860–1861), Charles Dickens

One of Dickens’ greatest critical and popular successes, Great Expectations opens on the misty Kent ...

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