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The Annotated A Tale of Two Cities - Susanne Alleyn
The Annotated A Tale of Two Cities
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You’re reading A Tale of Two Cities for the first time—or perhaps for the fourth or fifth time. But what are gaols, bumpers, farmer-generals, tocsins, and the Court of King’s Bench? Where are Shooter’s Hill, Temple Bar, and La Force, and who on earth was Mrs. Southcott? And did all those starving... show more
You’re reading A Tale of Two Cities for the first time—or perhaps for the fourth or fifth time. But what are gaols, bumpers, farmer-generals, tocsins, and the Court of King’s Bench? Where are Shooter’s Hill, Temple Bar, and La Force, and who on earth was Mrs. Southcott? And did all those starving French people have baguettes in mind when they wanted bread? The Annotated A Tale of Two Cities is not a literary analysis of Dickens’s novel, but a source of information for the new reader, the longterm fan, and the student, about things, people, places, and events mentioned in the text, to enhance the experience of reading a classic historical novel published 150 years ago, and which takes place well over two centuries ago. In 780 notes embedded within the text of the unabridged novel, Susanne Alleyn explains Dickens’s references to things and places familiar to 19th-century Londoners, illustrates his many literary allusions and Victorian expressions, and provides an in-depth, factual background to his gripping but often misleading depiction of the French Revolution—a period that owes much of its distorted image today to the popularity of A Tale of Two Cities itself.“I was probably in college the last time I read A Tale of Two Cities, and I enjoyed it very much. This time, reading Alleyn’s wonderful annotated edition full of helpful comments and clarifications, I found the experience doubly enjoyable.” (Brian Strayer, Ph.D., Department of History, Andrews University)Don’t be fooled by cheap “annotated” editions of A Tale of Two Cities available for e-readers! “Look Inside” and you’ll see that they are merely the text of the novel with a brief biography of Charles Dickens cribbed from Wikipedia, with no actual notes. This book is the real thing:—a heavily annotated guide suitable for use in the English or history classroom, plus a chronology of the French Revolution, a filmography, and an extensive bibliography. The eBook edition includes, as a bonus, the complete text of the play The Dead Heart by Watts Phillips, an 1859 historical melodrama that provided Dickens with some elements of the plot of A Tale of Two Cities.ContentsPreface to the Annotated EditionGlossary:Some historical terms which frequently reappear in the notesMap of Paris in 1789A Tale of Two Cities(Complete, annotated text)Chronology of the French RevolutionFilmography of A Tale of Two Cities(with reviews)Bibliography:Further reading on A Tale of Two Cities, Georgian England, and the French RevolutioneBook-only Bonus:Complete Script of The Dead Heart*This eBook was previously released under the title A Tale of Two Cities: A Reader's Companion.*
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Format: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B00K40L834
Publisher: Spyderwort Press
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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Cody's Bookshelf
Cody's Bookshelf rated it
5.0 A TALE OF TWO CITIES Review
I'd somehow, up to this point, never read A Tale of Two Cities. I know, I can't believe it either. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and the years leading up to it, this is, at its very core, a romance novel. I was a little shocked by that, but I certainly didn't mind. Dickens's writ...
Aren's Library
Aren's Library rated it
3.0 A Tale of Two Cities (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Not my favorite by Dickens, but still a good novel.
YouKneeK
YouKneeK rated it
4.0 Review: A Tale of Two Cities
Ramblings about the Book People who follow me may have seen me mention my intent to fit one non-SF&F classic per quarter into my heavily SF&F-based reading diet. A Tale of Two Cities was my classic reading selection for the second quarter. Last time, I chose an author and book that was completely ...
Tannat
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3.0 A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Audiobook)
Narrated by Simon Vance If I were just rating this book based on high school memory, it would probably be four or five stars, but I found that this audio version didn’t always hold my attention. I’ll have to reread it in print at some point or maybe just re-listen to the audiobook because I rememb...
danae
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Books that require more thought while reading because of archaic language are at a bit of a disadvantage. They have to be more interesting than a more modern book in order to make me want to spend additional time and use additional brain cells on the book in question. Unfortunately, this one did not...
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