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A Tale of Two Cities (Chapman & Hall, 1859)

One of Charles Dickens’ iconic novels, A Tale of Two Cities is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. It depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy during the Revolution while paralleling life in London during the same time period.

The novel has been adapted into film seven times (the most recent in 1980 starring Chris Sarandon, Peter Cushing and Alice Krige); six radio adaptations, four television miniseries; two stage musicals and one opera. The novel has sold over 200 million copies.

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