“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” — A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
Charles Dickens founded the magazine All the Year Round. He owned 75% and was the editor until he died in 1870. The magazine debut, Saturday, April 30, 1859, featured the first installment of Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities.
The launch was an immediate success. The first edition sold over 100,000 copies and allowed Dickens to recover his full investment for the start up of the magazine. Great Expectations was also serialized in this magazine.