Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

CliffsNotes on Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities

by Marie Kalil

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780764586064
ISBN-10: 0764586068
Pages: 128
Publication Date: 06/05/2000
Carton Quantity: 104

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

In CliffsNotes on A Tale of Two Cities, you experience one of Charles Dickens's most important works as he recounts the horrors of the French Revolution in what amounts to a cautionary tale warning of the possibility of revolution in 18th-century England. From its first line ("It was the best of times, it was the worst of times") to its last ("It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known"), Dickens's novel of revolution, sacrifice, and redemption continues to captivate modern imaginations.

Chapter summaries and commentaries lead you through Dickens's "Tale," and critical essays give you insight into the women of A Tale of Two Cities and the French Revolution. Other features that help you study include

  • Character analyses of the main characters
  • A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters
  • A section on the life and background of Charles Dickens
  • A review section that tests your knowledge
  • A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites

Classic literature or modern modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

Marie Kalil

MARIE KALIL received her M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializing in nineteenth-century British and American Literature. She has taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Iowa Western Community College. Read More