A Tale of Two Cities (Bestselling Illustrated Classics)
A Reign of Terror!
The mobs in the streets run wild, and danger is everywhere. Lucy Manette, half-English, half-French, lives quietly with her family in London. Having rescued her father many years earlier she feels safe. But the long, bloody hand of the mob reaches out for her and her family, thrusting them into ever-increasing danger.
Love, loyalty, friendship and even life itself are threatened in Charles Dickens’ unforgettable, most dramatic book.
Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth where his father was a clerk in the navy pay office. The family moved to London in 1823, but their fortunes were severely impaired. Dickens was sent to work in a blacking-warehouse when his father was imprisoned for debt. Both experiences deeply affected the future novelist. In 1833 he began contributing stories to newspapers and magazines, and in 1836 started the serial publication of Pickwick Papers. Thereafter, Dickens published his major novels over the course of the next twenty years, from Nicholas Nickleby to Little Dorrit. He also edited the journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Dickens died in June 1870.