"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, ..." Those immortal words open Dickens's Novel of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities. Probably the best known of his novels, it was published in 1859, 11 years before his death while he was at the height of his fame and popularity.
The action shifts back and forth between Paris and London and evenhandedly assesses blame on both sides of the conflict. Dickens graphically portrayed the hardships suffered by French peasants in the years immediately preceding the Revolution. But neither did he flinch from recounting the savageries that the Revolutionaries perpetrated upon the aristocracy. As he did so well, Dickens wove together the lives of several characters through the 45 chapters and gradually, ever so gradually, with complicated plot twists, interspersed with many unfavorable comparisons to London society of the same time period, he brings it all to a crashing end. At the finale, the villain becomes a hero and sacrifices himself to ensure the happiness of the woman he loves and save the life of his chief rival for her hand. The two marry and, in the tradition of good Victorian novels, there is a happy ending.
To find out more about Dickens's life and works, you can do a subject search for Dickens, Charles in Branigan Library's online catalog. When I typed his name in, I got 46 entries ranging from biographies to study guides to movie some of his works to novels about him.
There is also a veritable plethora of information about Dickens on the Internet. From Wikipedia, to web sites devoted to Dickens and particular aspects of his life and/or works.
In addition, the Project Gutenberg has literally hundreds of copies of his works , not only in English, but other languages as well.