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DetailsIt was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . .The story of Lucie Manette—the daughter of an English doctor, the mystifying Charles Darnay—the nephew of a marquis, and the unfathomable Sydney Carton—Darnay’s lawyer, A Tale of Two cities works its way through London and Paris and brings before the reader the most remarkable -SAGA OF LOVE, CHAOS, DUALITY, AND UPRISING, ALL IN THE BACKDROP OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.First published in thirty-one weekly installments in 1859, this is Dickens’ best known work of historical fiction.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s most well-known fiction characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period.He was born in Portsmouth on 7 February 1812, the second of eight children. His father, John Dickens, was a naval clerk and his mother, Elizabeth Barrow, aspired to be a teacher. Despite his parents' best efforts, the family remained poor. In 1822, the Dickens family moved to Camden Town, a poor neighborhood in London. By then the family's financial situation had grown dire, as Charles's father had a bad habit of living beyond the family's means. Eventually, John Dickens was sent to prison for debt in 1824, when Charles was only twelve years old.Charles Dickens was forced to leave school to work at a boot-blacking factory alongside the River Thames. His early childhood experiences were much like those depicted in his novel - David Copperfield. He felt abandoned and betrayed by the adults who were supposed to take care of hims. These sentiments later became a recurring theme in his writing.Although he had little formal education, he taught himself shorthand and became a reported of parliamentary debates for the 'Morning Chronicle'. He began to publish sketches in various periodicals, which were subsequently republished as 'Sketches in Boz'. Then DIckens started publishing 'The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club'. His series of sketches, orignally written as captions for artist Robert Seymour's humorous sports-themed illustrations, took the form of monthly serial installments. 'The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club was wildly popular with readers.Dickens published Oliver Twist in 1837, which follows the life of an orphan living in the streets. It was followed by 'Nicholas Nickleby' in 1838 and 'The Old Curiosity Shop' in 1841. After finishing 'Barnaby Rudge' in 1842, Dickens and his wife, Kate, embarked on a five-month lecture tour of the United States. Upon their return, Dickens penned 'American Notes for General Circulation', a sarcastic travelogue criticizing American culture and materialism. In 1843, Dickens wrote his novel 'The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, a story about a man's struggle to survive on the ruthless American frontier. The book was published the following year. Over the next couple of years, Dickens published two Christmas stories. One was the classic A Christmas Carol, which features the timeless protagonist Ebenezer Scrooge, a curmudgeonly old miser, who, with the help of a ghost, finds the Christmas spirit.By this time, Charles Dickens had become so famous that people recognized him all over London as he strolled around the city collecting the observations that would serve as inspiration for his future work. From 1849 to 1850, Dickens worked on David Copperfield, the first work of its kind; no one had ever written a novel that simply followed a character through his everyday life. In writing it, Dickens tapped into his own personal experiences from his difficult childhood to his work as a journalist. Although David Copperfield is not considered Dicken's best work, it was his personal favourite. It also helped define the public's expectations of a Dickensian novel.During the 1850s, Dickens suffered two devastating losses the deaths of his daughter and father. He also separated from his wife during that decade, with Dickens slandering Kate publicly. He had also met a young actress named Ellen "Nelly" Ternan, with whom he had an intimate relationship. His novels also began to express a darkened worldview. In Bleak House, published in installments from 1852 to 1853, he deals with the hypocrisy of British society. Coming out of his "dark novel" period, in 1859 Dickens published A Tale of Two Cities, his best known work of historical fiction.In 1865, Dickens was in a train accident and never fully recovered. Despite his fragile condition, he continued to tour until 1870. On June 9, 1870, Dickens had a stroke and, at age 58, died at Gad's Hill Place, his country home in Kent, England, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He was buried in Poet's Corner at Westminister Abbey, with thousands of mourners gathering at the beloved author's gravesite.His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his life, and by the twentieth century he was widely seen as a literary genius by critics and scholars. Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age. His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best known work of historical fiction.
SKU Code PRK B 2246 Weight in Kg 0.3800 Brand Bookwomb Dispatch Period in Days 3 ISBN No. 9788172345686 Author Name CHARLES DICKENS Publisher Name FINGERPRINT