It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… No novel is more immediately brought to mind by its opening words than is A TALE OF TWO CITIES, by Charles Dickens. It is a war story, a love story, a lesson in history, and an enduring literary masterpiece. Set in the opening stages of the French Revolution of 1789-1799, it brings together the people of two great European cities, Paris and London. And it brings to life one of the great and tragic epochs of European and world history. As testament to the novel’s impact and popularity, A TALE OF TWO CITIES is just as readily brought to mind by its closing lines: "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known." With such works as THE ADVENTURES OF OLIVER TWIST, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and DAVID COPPERFIELD (plus numerous others) to his credit, Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was a literary giant in England before the publication of A TALE OF TWO CITIES. He went on to write other classics, such as GREAT EXPECTATIONS and ended his career and the most famous author in his country. Charles Dickens remains one of the most famous writers of all time.