1859 - A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is published.
A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a historical novel by Charles Dickens; it is moreover a moral novel strongly concerned with themes of guilt, shame and patriotism. Dickens' primary source for this historical novel is Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution. The narrative is extraordinarily dependent upon correspondence as a medium for ensuring the flow of events, and while not an epistolary novel in the way that Pierre Choderlos de la Clos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses is, nevertheless, it is immediately apparent that the flow of letters forms a driving center to much of the narrative development in this novel. The novel covers a period in history between 1775 and 1793, from the American Revolution until the middle period of the French Revolution.
《双城记》（A Tale of Two Cities）是英国作家查尔斯·狄更斯所著的一部长篇历史小说。《双城记》（A Tale of Two Cities）是英国作家查尔斯·狄更斯所著的一部长篇历史小说。《双城记》通过革命中一个家庭的遭遇，谴责革命的残暴，但同时又揭露了革命前贵族对普通劳动者的残酷行径。书的开卷语，“那是最美好的时代，那是最糟糕的时代”（It was the best of times. It was the worst of times）已经成为文学史中的经典名句。