A Tale of Two Cities Connections and Further Reading
by Charles Dickens

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(Great Characters in Literature)

Beckwith, Charles E., ed. Twentieth Century Interpretations of “A Tale of Two Cities.” Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1972. A collection of scholarly critical essays followed by commentaries on the novel by such literary figures as George Bernard Shaw and George Orwell.

Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1988. Contains a useful chronology of the French Revolution, as well as information on the history of the novel.

Glancy, Ruth. “A Tale of Two Cities”: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland Publishing, 1993. An invaluable tool for both the student and the scholar. The references to the novel are arranged under the general headings of text and studies.

Glancy, Ruth. “A Tale of Two Cities”: Dickens’s Revolutionary Novel. Boston: Twayne, 1991. this in-depth study places the novel in its historical and literary context and provides a careful analysis of the plot.

Kaplan, Fred. Dickens: A Biography. New York: William Morrow, 1988. Scholarly and well-written. It is particularly valuable in addressing Dickens’ personal identification with the characters of Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay.

Nelson, Harland S. Charles Dickens. Boston: Twayne, 1981. An excellent introduction to Dickens’ life and works.

Bibliography and Further Reading

(Novels for Students)


Quotations from the text are based on the following edition:

Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. New York: Signet Classic/Penguin Books USA, 1980.

Ackroyd, Peter. Introduction to Dickens. London: Sinclair Stevenson, 1991.

Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. New York: Amsco School Publications, 1971.

Frank, Lawrence. Charles Dickens and the Romantic Self. University of Nebraska Press, 1974.

Glancy, Ruth F. "A Tale of Two Cities": Dickens's Revolutionary Novel. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1991.

Herst, Beth F. The Dickens Hero: Selfhood and Alienation in the Dickens World. New York: St. Martin's, 1990.

Hobsbaum, Philip. A Reader's Guide to Charles Dickens. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1973.

Houston, Gail Turley. Consuming Fictions: Gender, Class and Hunger in Dickens's Novels. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1994.

Jordan, John O., ed. The Cambridge Companion to "A Tale of Two Cities." Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Marlow, James E. Charles Dickens: The Uses of Time. Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, 1994.

Newlin, George. Understanding "A Tale of Two Cities": A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources and Historical Documents. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1998.

Newsom, Robert. Charles Dickens Revisited. New York: Twayne, 2000.

Page, Norman. "Introduction." In A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens edited by Norman Page. Rutland: Charles E. Turtle Co., Inc., 1994, pp. xxiii-xxxii.

Rem, Tore. Dickens, Melodrama and the Parodic Imagination. New York: AMS Press, 2002.

Sanders, Andrew. The Companion to "A Tale of Two Cities." London: Unwin Hyman, 1988.

———. Dickens and the Spirit of the Age. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999.

———. Charles Dickens. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Schlicke, Paul, ed. Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Stephen, Sir James Fitzjames. A Tale of Two Cities. In Saturday Review, December 17, 1859, pp. 741-43; reprinted in The Dickens Critics, edited by George H. Ford and Lauriat Lane, Jr. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1961, pp. 38-46.

Further Reading

Baldridge, Cates. "Alternatives to Bourgeois Individualism in A Tale of Two Cities." In Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900. Vol. 30, Autumn, 1990, pp. 633-54. A Marxist reading which sees the book as sympathetic to the collectivist ideology of the Revolution.

Carlyle, Thomas. The French Revolution: A History, 2 volumes. Boston: Little, Brown, 1838. This work by the famous Victorian author and critic is traditionally credited with providing the inspiration for Dickens's scenes of Revolutionary life in France during the period covered in A Tale of Two Cities.

Dickens Studies Annual, Vol. 12. Southern Illinois University Press, 1983. A collection of...

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