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Tale of Two Cities: Norton Critical Edition / Edition 1

Tale of Two Cities: Norton Critical Edition / Edition 1


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“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

This Norton Critical Edition includes:

  • 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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393264234
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/15/2019
Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description: First Edition
Sales rank: 541,791
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is one of the most acclaimed and popular writers of all time. His many works include the classics The Old Curiosity Shop, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, Barnaby Rudge, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Bleak House, Hard Times, Our Mutual Friend, The Pickwick Papers and many more.

Douglas-Fairhurst is Professor of English Literature at Oxford University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His books include Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist and The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland.

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1812

Date of Death:

June 18, 1870

Place of Birth:

Portsmouth, England

Place of Death:

Gad's Hill, Kent, England


Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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