The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Charles Dickens

The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Charles Dickens

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Publisher: Penguin 

Publication date: 1986  

First published in 1870 

Format: Paperback 

Pages: 314 


About the Book:  

Edited by Arthur J Cox with an introduction by Angus Wilson. 

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is even more of a mystery the Dickens himself intended, for he dies before completing it. 

The main issue in the novel is the disappearance of Edwin Drood and the suspicion that he has been murdered. But as intriguing as this central plot are the startling innovations in Dicken’s work and the troubled elements lurking within the novel: a dark opium underworld, the uneasy and violent fantasies of its inhabitants, the disquieting presence of old ‘Princess Puffer’, his portrait of the quiet cathedral town of Cloisterham from which people have to escape in order to save themselves – and, at the centre, the menacing figure of Jasper.  

In his introduction Angus Wilson discusses what is known about Dicken’s intentions and suggests that, as well as a crime novel, Edwin Drood is a work in which Dickens develops his lifelong preoccupation with the forces of good and evil. 

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