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A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities


by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities Resources

Movie or TV Productions

A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

Starring Ronald Colman and Elizabeth Allan. Oh, and it’s in black and white.

A Tale of Two Cities (1957)

This one’s a pretty heavily adapted version…and a made-for-TV movie.

A Tale of Two Cities (1958)

Starring some folks from the '50s. And some very, very nice '50s hairdos.

A Tale of Two Cities (1980)

Starring Peter Cushing (as Doctor Manette) and Chris Sarandon (who plays both Carton and Darnay, no less).

A Tale of Two Cities (1989)

A TV version from the U.K. That’s all we can tell you, folks. Check it out for yourselves.


Lost and more mob mentality

If you’re a Lost fanatic, then this one’s for you. Episode one of season three riffs on Charles Dickens.


And if you just can’t get enough of A Tale of Two Cities….

Listen to it in the car! Here’s a free audio version.

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Or you can purchase and download the Audiobook from Random House Audio.


Dickens Caricature

You wanted a photo? Well, this is even better…

La Guillotine

We know, we know: you’re dying to know what the guillotine looked like. Absolutely dying. No pun intended, of course. Well, we here at Shmoop are happy to help. Here’s an image of the nasty machine itself.

Charles Dickens and His Characters

If the characters look like cherubs, does that make Dickens God? We think that’s the general idea in this sketch.

The Author at Home

Or, well, the author’s home. For some reason, Victorians were really excited about pictures of Dickens's writing desk. We can’t figure it out.

A Fine, Upstanding Author

Who wouldn’t trust this mug?


A Tale of Two Cities online

Find the entire book online here.

Carlyle’s The French Revolution online

Dickens cites Carlyle’s account of the French Revolution as one of the most important texts he read when he wrote his novel. Heck, just about everyone in Victorian England cites Carlyle’s text as one of the most important works of the time. We wouldn’t want you to miss out, so here’s the online version. It’s also a pretty good read.

In Serialized Form

This great website from Stanford University gives you a chance to check out A Tale of Two Cities in its original form—serialized and illustrated.


Dickens on the Web

All Dickens, all the time. We’re not even kidding.

A Charles Dickens Fan Site

Are you a Dickens nut? Do you want to be? Here are all the tools you need…

An Official Dickens Fan Club

Catch up on the latest trailers, meet up with other fans...you get the idea.

La Guillotine

Here’s an entire history of how that oh-so-famous machine of mass terror came to be.

Victorian Ads

Just like today, magazines back in Dickens's day depended not only revenue generated from subscribing readers who liked Dickens, but also from companies who advertised their products in the magazine. As a result, Dickens's stories were part of a total media package. Check out this link to see some of the crazy ads that appeared alongside his stories.


1742 Map

Check out the London area in 1742.

1742 Map

 A map of the sea coast of England and Wales.

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