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Central to the plot is John Jasper: in public he is a man of integrity and benevolence; in private he is an opium addict. And while seeming to smile on the engagement of his nephew, Edwin Drood, he is, in fact, consumed by jealousy, driven to terrify the boy’s fiancée and to plot the murder of Edwin himself.

As in many of Dickens’s greatest novels, the gulf between appearance and reality drives the action. Set in the seemingly innocuous cathedral town of Cloisterham, the story rapidly darkens with a sense of impending evil.

Charles Dickens’s final, unfinished novel is in many ways his most intriguing. A highly atmospheric tale of murder, The Mystery of Edwin Drood foreshadows both the detective stories of Conan Doyle and the nightmarish novels of Kafka.

Though The Mystery of Edwin Drood is one of its author’s darkest books, it also bustles with a vast roster of memorable–and delightfully named–minor characters: Mrs. Billikins, the landlady; the foolish Mr. Sapsea; the domineering philanthropist, Mr. Honeythunder; and the mysterious Datchery. Several attempts have been made over the years to complete the novel and solve the mystery, but even in its unfinished state it is a gripping and haunting masterpiece.

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Charles Dickens is the author of such timeless classics as Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations.

Matthew Pearl is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow, and The Last Dickens. He is the editor of the Modern Library editions of Dantes Inferno (translated by Henry Wordsworth Longfellow) and Edgar Allan Poes The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales.

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Susan O'Doherty, May 20, 2007 (view all comments by Susan O'Doherty)
Although I love Dickens, I had put off reading The Mystery of Edwin Drood because I thought it would be maddening to immerse myself an unfinished murder mystery. I should have known better. The "mystery" (which seemed pretty transparent to me, though I know there is scholarly controversy about who the real perp is) is secondary to the fascinating and memorable characters, setting, and narrative voice; the book is at times harrowing and hilarious; and although I wish, for many reasons, that Dickens could have lived to finish it, the story is satisfying as it is.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400043286
Introduction:
Ackroyd, Peter
Publisher:
Everyman's Library
Introduction by:
Ackroyd, Peter
Introduction:
Ackroyd, Peter
Author:
Dickens, Charles
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
Separation (Psychology)
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
England
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Series:
Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics
Publication Date:
20041131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.32x5.00x1.01 in. 1.06 lbs.

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