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A Tale of Two Cities

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Charles Dickens needs no formal introduction, having been the most popular English writer of the 19th century and still one of the most popular writers in history today. Dickens was obsessed with reading, making him a natural journalist by the age of 20, when he began a career in journalism. Along the way, he also began writing his own short stories and materials, often serializing them in monthly installments in publications, a popular method of publishing in the 19th century. Unlike most writers, Dickens would not write an entire story before it began its serialization, allowing him to work on the fly and leave plot lines up in the air with each opportunity. 

His two most famous novels are Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities, widely considered two of the West’s best classics. A Tale of Two Cities is often considered the greatest historical fictions of all time. Set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution, the novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry at the hands of the aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, followed by the brutality of the Reign of Terror. Dickens juxtaposes French society with London’s society during the same period while tracking characters in both cities, including Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton. The classic touches on social justice, romance, morality, good and evil.” (via Amazon)

WRBH’s Great Literature program airs Monday through Friday at 8PM. Your reader for this novel is the esteemed Constance McEnaney; this will be her final book to air on WRBH seeing as she retired last summer. The music used in the open and close is: 

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