The Mystery of Edwin Drood pdf Summary
Charles Dickens’s final, unfinished novel, and one that has puzzled readers and inspired writers since its publication, The Mystery of Edwin Drood pdf book is edited with an introduction by David Paroissien in Penguin Classics.
Edwin Drood is contracted to marry orphan Rosa Bud when he comes of age, but when they find that duty has gradually replaced affection, they agree to break off the engagement. Shortly afterwards, in the middle of a storm on Christmas Eve, Edwin disappears, leaving nothing behind but some personal belongings and the suspicion that his jealous uncle John Jasper, madly in love with Rosa, is the killer. And beyond this presumed crime there are further intrigues: the dark opium dens of the sleepy cathedral town of Cloisterham, and the sinister double life of Choirmaster Jasper, whose drug-fuelled fantasy life belies his respectable appearance. Dickens died before completing The Mystery of Edwin Drood, leaving its tantalising mystery unsolved and encouraging successive generations of readers to turn detective.
This edition contains an introduction by David Paroissien, discussing the novel’s ending, with a chronology, notes, original illustrations by Samuel Luke Fildes, appendices on opium use in the nineteenth century, the ‘Sapsea Fragment’ and Dickens’s plans for the story’s conclusion.
Charles Dickens is one of the best-loved novelists in the English language, whose 200th anniversary was celebrated in 2012. His most famous books, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and The Pickwick Papers, have been adapted for stage and screen and read by millions.
If you enjoyed The Mystery of Edwin Drood, you might like Dickens’s Little Dorrit, also available in Penguin Classics
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About Charles Dicken Author of The Mystery of Edwin Drood Book pdf Book
The author of a The Mystery of Edwin Drood pdf Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth where his father was a clerk in the navy pay office. The family moved to London in 1823, but their fortunes were severely impaired. Dickens was sent to work in a blacking-warehouse when his father was imprisoned for debt. Both experiences deeply affected the future novelist. In 1833 he began contributing stories to newspapers and magazines, and in 1836 started the serial publication of Pickwick Papers. Thereafter, Dickens published his major novels over the course of the next twenty years, from Nicholas Nickleby to Little Dorrit. He also edited the journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Dickens died in June 1870.
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- Publisher : Penguin Classics; Revised ed. edition (May 28, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0140439269
- ISBN-13 : 978-0140439267
- Lexile measure : 1070L
- Item Weight : 11.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
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