About A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations (Bantam Classics Editions)
Two classic Charles Dickens novels now available together in one convenient eBook.
A Tale of Two Cities
Contains an afterword by Stephen Koch. With his sublime parting words, “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done…” Sidney Carton joins that exhalted group of Dickensian characters who have earned a permanent place in the popular literary imagination. His dramatic story, set against the volcanic fury of the French Revolution and pervaded by the ominous rumble of the death carts trundling toward the guillotine, is the heart-stirring tale of a heroic soul in an age gone mad. A masterful pageant of idealism, love, and adventure — in a Paris bursting with revolutionary frenzy, and a London alive with anxious anticipation — A Tale of Two Cities is one of Dickens’s most energetic and exciting works.
Contains an introduction by John Irving.
In the marshy mists of a village churchyard, a tiny orphan boy named Pip is suddenly terrified by a shivering, limping convict on the run. Years later, a supremely arrogant young Pip boards the coach to London where, by the grace of a mysterious benefactor, he will join the ranks of the idle rich and “become a gentleman.” Finally, in the luminous mists of the village at evening, Pip the man meets Estella, his dazzingly beautiful tormentor, in a ruined garden–and lays to rest all the heartaches and illusions that his “great expectations” have brought upon him. Dickens’s biographer, Edgar H. Johnson, has said that–except for the author’s last-minute tampering with his original ending–Great Expectations is “the most perfectly constructed and perfectly written of all Dickens’s works.” In John Irving’s Introduction to this edition, the novelist takes the view that Dickens’s revised ending is ”far more that mirror of the quality of trust in the novel as a whole.” Both versions of the ending are printed here.
Charles Dickens was born in a little house in Landport, Portsea, England, on February 7, 1812. The second of eight children, he grew up in a family frequently beset by financial insecurity. When the family fortunes improved, Charles went back to… More about Charles Dickens