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June 30 , 2007

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.

Great Expectations

Contains an introduction by John Irving.

In the marshy mists of a village churchyard, atiny orphan boy named Pip is suddenly terrified by ashivering, limping convict on the run. Yearslater, a supremely arrogant young Pip boards the coachto London where, by the grace of a mysteriousbenefactor, he will join the ranks of the idle richand "become a gentleman." Finally, in theluminous mists of the village at evening, Pip theman meets Estella, his dazzingly beautifultormentor, in a ruined garden – and lays to rest all the heartaches and illusions that his "greatexpectations" have brought upon him. Dickens'sbiographer, Edgar H. Johnson, has said that – except for the author's last-minute tampering with his original ending – Great Expectationsis "the most perfectly constructed and perfectly written of all Dickens's works." In JohnIrving's Introduction to this edition, thenovelist takes the view that Dickens's revised ending is "far more that mirror of the quality of trust inthe novel as a whole." Both versions of the ending are printed here.
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