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Tale of Two Cities, 1st Edition

  • Charles Dickens
  • ISBN-10: 0393264238
  • ISBN-13: 9780393264234
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Published
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About the Product

“Robert Douglas-Fairhurst’s new edition of A Tale of Two Cities sets the reader down in the midst of Dickens’s vibrant life and times. Douglas-Fairhurst, a gifted biographer of Dickens, has created an edition rich in biographical and historical detail, including a useful range of Dickens’s related writings, as well as an excellent selection of classic and more recent Dickens scholarship.” —DEBORAH LUTZ, University of Louisville

About the Series

Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.


  • The first edition of the novel (1859) accompanied by twenty-seven illustrations, from original images by Halbot Knight Browne (“Phiz”) to cartoons from The Simpsons.

  • An expansive introduction and detailed explanatory annotations by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.

  • Thematically organized contextual materials designed to promote classroom discussion. Topics include “Dickens on France and the French,” “Revolution and Aftermath,” “Living Graves,” “Learning French,” “The Composition of A Tale of Two Cities,” and “Theatrical Versions.”

  • Fourteen major critical assessments of A Tale of Two Cities: five contemporary reviews and nine modern essays.

  • A chronology and a selected bibliography.