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A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations (Oprah's Book Club)

Two Novels

Charles Dickens - Author

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ISBN 9781101499511 | 848 pages | 06 Dec 2010 | Penguin | 18 - AND UP
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Two of the most beloved novels in all of English literature—now together as a Penguin Enriched eBook

A Tale of Two Cities

After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in. There the lives of the two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of the guillotine.

Penguin Enriched eBook Features for A Tale of Two Cities

  • Early Reception of A Tale of Two Cities
  • Psychology in A Tale of Two Cities
  • Dickens and Melodrama
  • Dickens and Alcohol
  • Dickens and Prisons
  • Illustrations of Eighteenth-Century Fashion and Culture and Dickens’s Victorian World
  • Further
  • Filmography for Dickens’s Novels

Great Expectations

A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor—these form a series of events that changes the orphaned Pip’s life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens’s haunting late novel depicts Pip’s education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his “great expectations.”

Penguin Enriched eBook Features for Great Expectations

  • Early Reception of Great Expectations
  • What Is “Dickensian”?
  • Gothic Elements in Dickens
  • Dickens and Victorian Servants
  • Dickens Sites to Visit in England
  • Suggested Further Reading: Victorian Fiction

About the Editor

Penguin Enriched eBook editor Kristie Allen holds a PhD from Rutgers University and has taught Romantic and Victorian literature at Rutgers University and Macalester College. In addition to writing on Charles Dickens, she has published articles on George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss and on Victorian melodramas.