A Tale of Two Cities (The Modern Library, No. 189)
New York: The Modern Library, 1950. Reprint. Hard Cover. Very Good / Very Good. Item #2324953
1954-59 printing, Toledano 189.3, binding/jacket style 8i with 377 titles on verso, no jacket price, grey Rockwell Kent endpapers. Minimal loss from jacket corners.
xxii, 396 pp. Introduction by Edward Wagenknecht. The storming of the Bastille…the death carts with their doomed human cargo…the swift drop of the guillotine blade—this is the French Revolution that Charles Dickens vividly captures in his famous work A Tale of Two Cities. With dramatic eloquence, he brings to life a time of terror and treason, a starving people rising in frenzy and hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent regime. With insight and compassion, Dickens casts his novel of unforgettable scenes with some memorable characters: the sinister Madame Defarge, knitting her patterns of death; the gentle Lucie Manette, unswerving in her devotion to her broken father; Charles Darnay, the lover with a secret past; and dissolute Sydney Carton, whose unlikely heroism gives his life meaning.