The Hunchback of Notre-Dame 1834 Edition

Book Overview & Market Performance

Collectible Facts & Figures

  • Author: Charles Dickens

    Publication date: 1859

    Country: United Kingdom

    Language: English

    Publisher: Chapman & Hall

    Binding: paperback

    Points of collection interest

    • A Tale of Two Cities is one of only two works of historical fiction by Charles Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). Dickens relies much on The French Revolution: A History by Thomas Carlyle as a historical source. Dickens wrote in his Preface to Tale that "no one can hope to add anything to the philosophy of Mr. Carlyle's wonderful book".
    • Dickens uses literal translations of French idioms for characters who cannot speak English, such as "What the devil do you do in that galley there?!!" and "Where is my wife? ---Here you see me." The Penguin Classics edition of the novel notes that "Not all readers have regarded the experiment as a success.".

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Budget $5000+, Gothic