By Marcia Lee
On this day in 1859 the well-known title, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, was published. The book was set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution and was one of only two historic fictions written by Dickens.
Below is a short passage taken from the book (chapter 1, book 1):
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way–in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”