- Publisher: Macmillan Collector's Library
- Format: Hardback | 520 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 152mm x 30mm | 240g
- Publication date: 15 November 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1904633064
- ISBN 13: 9781904633068
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: Main Market Ed.
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 81,407
A Tale of Two Cities is one of Dickens's most exciting books, set against the backdrop of the French revolution, in which two generations struggle against the injustices of first a corrupt aristocracy and then the mindless rule of the mob.Illustrated by H K Browne 'Phiz', with an Afterword by Sam Gilpin.
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Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth, where his father worked as a clerk. Living in London in 1824, Dickens was sent by his family to work in a blacking-warehouse, and his father was arrested and imprisoned for debt. Fortunes improved and Dickens returned to school, eventually becoming a parliamentary reporter. His first piece of fiction was published by a magazine in December 1832, and by 1836 he had begun his first novel, The Pickwick Papers. He focused his career on writing, completing fourteen highly successful novels, as well as penning journalism, shorter fiction and travel books. He died in 1870.