The Mystery of Edwin Drood

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-10-01
  • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc

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Edwin Drood is contracted to marry Orphan Rosa, but they break the engagement off-and soon afterwards Edwin disappears. Is it murder? And is his jealous uncle-a sinister choirmaster with a double life and designs on Rosa-the killer? Dickens died before completing the story, leaving the mystery unsolved and encouraging successive generations of readers to turn detective. In addition to its tantalizing crime, the novel also offers a characteristically Dickensian mix of the fantastical world of the imagination and a vibrantly journalistic depiction of gritty reality. This edition features a new critical introduction that assesses the evidence to show whether the mystery can truly be solved, as well as a chronology, illustrations, appendixes (including one on opium use in the nineteenth century). Edited with an introduction and notes by David Paroissien.

Table of Contents

Extra Illustrationsp. vi
Introductionp. vii
Note on the Textp. xvii
A Chronology of Charles Dickensp. xviii
Contentsp. xxiii
List of Illustrationsp. xxv
The Mystery of Edwin Droodp. 1
Manuscript List of Projected Names and Titlesp. 218
The Number Plansp. 219
The Sapsea Fragmentp. 232
Explanatory Notesp. 236
Select Bibliographyp. 240
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