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The Annotated A Tale of Two Cities

An annotated edition of Charles Dickens's classic novel

Notes & additional material by Susanne Alleyn

{Originally published as A Tale of Two Cities: A Reader's Companion}

Classic Literature

Literary Reference

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 both the new reader and the longterm fan, 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 to the unabridged novel, historical author 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.

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 and perhaps a few paragraphs of someone’s commentary on the novel 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 film reviews) of Tale, and an extensive bibliography for further reading in both history and literature.

BONUS: The eBook edition includes the complete, annotated 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.

Contents:

Preface to the Annotated Edition

Glossary:

Some historical terms which frequently reappear in the notes

Map of Paris in 1789

A Tale of Two Cities

(Complete, annotated text)

Chronology of the French Revolution

Filmography of A Tale of Two Cities

(with reviews)

Bibliography:

Further reading on A Tale of Two Cities, Georgian England, and the French Revolution

eBook-only Bonus:

Complete Script of The Dead Heart

"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

"A teacher's gold mine."

S. Tod, Amazon reviewer & English teacher

Buy any Spyderwort Press paperback new at Amazon.com and get the Kindle version for 99 cents or free via Amazon's Kindle MatchBook program. This offer is retroactive—if you already bought the paperback new at Amazon, you can still get the free or discounted eBook for your Kindle. Or buy the paperback as a gift for a friend and keep the eBook for yourself.

Trade Paperback and eBook

June 2014

6.5" x 9.5", 400 pages

Paperback List: $17.99

eBook List: $4.99

Paper edition:

ISBN-10: 1535397438

ISBN-13: 978-1535397438

ASIN: B00K40L834

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