A Tale of Two Cities (Illustrated)

Top Five Classics

Book 7
Top Five Books LLC
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This Top Five Classics edition of A Tale of Two Cities includes:

• More than 40 illustrations by “Phiz” (Hablot K. Browne) from the original 1859 edition and Frederick Barnard from the 1872 edition
• Author bio and bibliography
• Introduction by Dickens scholar and novelist Andrei Baltakmens

A Tale of Two Cities
opens in 1775, when Doctor Manette is reunited with
his daughter Lucie after having been locked away in the Bastille for 18
years. Lucie nurtures her half-mad father back to health, but their
troubles are far from over, as their lives become entangled with the
emigrant son of the Marquis St. Evrémonde, the wayward ne’er-do-well
Sydney Carton, and the vengeful Madame and Monsieur Defarge. Set against
the terror and turmoil of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities
is one of Charles Dickens’s most loved works—a historical adventure of
high drama and surprising depth.
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Publisher
Top Five Books LLC
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Published on
Oct 31, 2012
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780985278779
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Classics
Fiction / General
Fiction / Historical
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