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A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations: Two Novels (Oprah’s Book Club)

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A Tale of Two Cities and Great ExpectationsTwo of the most beloved novels in all of English literature–together in one extraordinary volume.

A TALE OF TWO CITIES
After 18 years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the aging Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. 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.

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.”

This deluxe paperback edition features
•    French flaps
•    rough-cut high-quality paper
•    complimentary front- and back-cover designs highlighting each novel and including foil and debossing

A Charles Dickens Timeline

1812Born February 7 in Portsmouth, England
1824His father John sent to Marshalsea Debtor’s Prison for a debt of £40 and 10 shillings
Began working 10-hour days in shoe-polish warehouse to help support family
1833First story, “A Dinner at Poplar Walk,” appeared in the Monthly Magazine
1836First book, Sketches by Boz, collected his early journalism and stories
First novel, The Pickwick Papers, began its monthly serialization
Married Catherine Hogarth
1837-39Oliver Twist appeared in monthly installments
1838-39Nicholas Nickleby serialized
1840-41The Old Curiosity Shop
1841Barnaby Rudge
1842American Notes, based on his tour that year of the United States
1843The Christmas Carol, the first of his “Christmas tales”
1843-44Martin Chuzzlewit
1846-48Dombey and Son
1849-50David Copperfield
1852-53Bleak House
1854Hard Times
1855-57Little Dorrit
1857Met actress Ellen Ternan, his longtime companion
1858Separated from his wife, Catherine
1859A Tale of Two Cities
1860-61Great Expectations
1864-65Our Mutual Friend
1867-68Second tour of America
1868-69Farewell reading tour of the British Isles
1870The Mystery of Edwin Drood (unfinished)
Died from a stroke on June 9

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