A Tale of Two Cities: A Reader's Companion
An annotated edition of Charles Dickens's classic novel, with 780 footnotes and mini-essays on Georgian & Victorian England and the French Revolution. Available April 2014.
eBook and Trade Paperback original
Publisher: Spyderwort Press
Publishing date: April 2014
Page count: 399 pp
Paperback List: $16.99
eBook List: $3.99
ASIN (Amazon identifier): (to come)
EPUB eBook ISBN-13: (to come)
Paperback ISBN-10: 1496113675
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1496113672
You’ve read A Tale of Two Cities—perhaps more than once. But what are gaols, bumpers, tocsins, farmer-generals, 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 Reader’s Companion 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. In 780 notes to the unabridged novel, 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 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.