Dickens' twelfth novel was published in his new weekly journal,All the Year Round, without illustrations. Simultaneously with the weekly parts, the novel was also published in monthly parts with illustrations by Hablot Browne. An American edition was also published, in slightly later weekly parts (May to December 1859), inHarper's Weekly.The novel, which begins "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times", is set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and Dickens researched the historical background meticulously, using his friendThomas Carlyle’s History of the French Revolutionas a reference.
The perseverance of values against all odds
Believe in God and the ultimate retribution
The strength to resist tyranny and stand against it
The oppression by the ruling class
The unflinching desire to take revenge
The boldness in doing crimesGood versus Evil
“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”