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

Title: A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations: Two Novels (Oprah's Book Club)
Author: Charles Dickens
Year First Published: 2010
Page Count: 848

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

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.

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

1812 Born February 7 in Portsmouth, England
1824 His 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
1833 First story, "A Dinner at Poplar Walk," appeared in the Monthly Magazine
1836 First book, Sketches by Boz, collected his early journalism and stories

First novel, The Pickwick Papers, began its monthly serialization

Married Catherine Hogarth
1837-39 Oliver Twist appeared in monthly installments
1838-39 Nicholas Nickleby serialized
1840-41 The Old Curiosity Shop
1841 Barnaby Rudge
1842 American Notes, based on his tour that year of the United States
1843 The Christmas Carol, the first of his "Christmas tales"
1843-44 Martin Chuzzlewit
1846-48 Dombey and Son
1849-50 David Copperfield
1852-53 Bleak House
1854 Hard Times
1855-57 Little Dorrit
1857 Met actress Ellen Ternan, his longtime companion
1858 Separated from his wife, Catherine
1859 A Tale of Two Cities
1860-61 Great Expectations
1864-65 Our Mutual Friend
1867-68 Second tour of America
1868-69 Farewell reading tour of the British Isles
1870 The Mystery of Edwin Drood (unfinished)

Died from a stroke on June 9

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