A Tale of Two Cities


While performing in The Frozen Deep, Dickens was given a play to read called The Dead Heart by Watts Phillips which had the historical setting, the basic storyline, and the climax that Dickens used in A Tale of Two Cities.[45] The play was produced while A Tale of Two Cities was being serialised in All the Year Round and led to talk of plagiarism.[46]

Other sources are History of the French Revolution by Thomas Carlyle;[14] Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton; The Castle Spector by Matthew Lewis; Travels in France by Arthur Young; and Tableau de Paris by Louis-Sébastien Mercier. Dickens also used material from an account of imprisonment during the Terror by Beaumarchais, and records of the trial of a French spy published in The Annual Register.[47]

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