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  • Published: 31 December 2012
  • ISBN: 9781409075257
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

The Mystery Of Edwin Drood




'Dickens's hypnotic storytelling and fantastic characterisation...even in its incomplete form, this remains a gripping and troubling masterpiece' Sunday Express

'Dickens's hypnotic storytelling and fantastic characterisation...even in its incomplete form, this remains a gripping and troubling masterpiece' Sunday Express

The story of the fate of Edwin Drood is a mystery within a mystery. When young Edwin disappears after dinner on Christmas Eve and his watch and chain are later found in the nearby river, everyone suspects foul play. Could one of Edwin's acquaintances have murdered him - and, if so, what could their motive be? And how does this shocking event in a quiet cathedral town connect to the opium dens of London? Tragically, the mystery is destined never to be truly solved, as Dickens died before he could finish this novel - all that is left are the clues that can be found in the completed chapters.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MATTHEW PEARL

  • Published: 31 December 2012
  • ISBN: 9781409075257
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the author

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in Hampshire on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office, who was well paid but often ended up in financial troubles. When Dickens was twelve years old he was send to work in a shoe polish factory because his family had been taken to the debtors' prison. Fagin is named after a boy Dickens disliked at the factory. His career as a writer of fiction started in 1833 when his short stories and essays began to appear in periodicals. The Pickwick Papers, his first commercial success, was published in 1836. In the same year he married the daughter of his friend George Hogarth, Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of Oliver Twist began in 1837 while The Pickwick Papers was still running. Many other novels followed and The Old Curiosity Shop brought Dickens international fame and he became a celebrity in America as well as Britain. He separated from his wife in 1858. Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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Praise for The Mystery Of Edwin Drood

The influence of Charles Dickens on the development and achievements of detective fiction is unchallengeable

The Times

In The Mystery of Edwin Drood Dickens brooded on crime, opium and the darkness of the soul

Sunday Herald

Dickens's finest work in the genre of the detective story was his last ... Had Dickens lived to complete it, The Mystery of Edwin Drood would probably have challenged the supremacy of Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone...

The Times

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