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<span/><p><i><b>A Tale of Two Cities</b></i> (<a class="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1859_in_literature" title="1859 in literature">1859</a>) is a <a class="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novel" title="Novel">novel</a> by <a class="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Dickens" title="Charles Dickens">Charles Dickens</a>, set in <a class="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London" title="London">London</a> and <a class="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris" title="Paris">Paris</a> before and during the <a class="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Revolution" title="French Revolution">French Revolution</a>. With well <a class="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_books" title="List of best-selling books">over 200 million copies sold</a>, it ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-1"><a class="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Tale_of_Two_Cities#cite_note-1"><span>[</span>2<span>]</span></a></sup></p><p>The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the <a class="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France" title="France">French</a> <a class="mw-redirect" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristocracy_(government)" title="Aristocracy (government)">aristocracy</a> in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former <a class="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristocracy_(class)" title="Aristocracy (class)">aristocrats</a> in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period. It follows the lives of several <a class="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protagonist" title="Protagonist">protagonists</a> through these events. The most notable are <a class="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Darnay" title="Charles Darnay">Charles Darnay</a> and <a class="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Carton" title="Sydney Carton">Sydney Carton</a>. Darnay is a French once-aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Carton is a dissipated British <a class="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrister" title="Barrister">barrister</a> who endeavours to redeem his ill-spent life out of his <a class="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unrequited_love" title="Unrequited love">unrequited love</a> for Darnay's wife, <a class="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucie_Manette" title="Lucie Manette">Lucie Manette</a>.</p><p>The 45-chapter novel was published in 32 weekly instalments in Dickens' new literary periodical titled <i><a class="" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_the_Year_Round" title="All the Year Round">All the Year Round</a></i>. In May 1859 through December 1859, Dickens also republished the chapters as eight monthly sections in green covers. Dickens' previous novels had appeared only as monthly instalments. The first weekly instalment of <i>A Tale of Two Cities</i> ran in the first issue of <i>All the Year Round</i> on 30 April 1859. The last ran thirty-one weeks later, on 25 November.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/></p><span>Text is available under the <a rel="license" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Text_of_Creative_Commons_Attribution-ShareAlike_3.0_Unported_License">Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License</a>; additional terms may apply. See <a href="http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Terms_of_Use">Terms of Use</a> for details.</span><br clear="none"/>

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