Joseph Luzzi, author of the new book In a Dark Wood, offers five recommended reads, one of which is A Tale of Two Cities: ". . . We are in Dickens Land, where story and imagination reign supreme, and where we are led onward by the most large-hearted of guides."
And here's a list from 2014 that I missed at the time: Kathryn Schulz's list of "The 5 Best Punctuation Marks in Literature." Number 4 is the colon in the first sentence of A Christmas Carol: ". . . This sentence is insane, or anyway destined to foment insanity in the grammatically prissy. It has death, a dangling participle, and a wonderfully garrulous narrator with some kind of unmentionable Victorian-era disease: wandering colon. It is great."
Lee, who died Sunday at the age of 93, played the Marquis St. Evremonde in the 1958 film of A Tale of Two Cities. And Moody, who died Thursday at age 91, was best known for creating the role of Fagin in the musical version of Oliver!, both on stage (for which he was nominated for a Tony Award), and on film (for which he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award).
(Images courtesy of Aveleyman and Villains Wikia, respectively)