The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Charles Dickens' Unfinished Novel & Our Endless Attempts to End It

Grub Street Publishers
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A tantalizing tour through a true bibliomystery that will “get people talking about one of literature’s greatest enigmas” (KentOnline).
 
When Dickens died on June 9, 1870, he was halfway through writing his last book, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Since that time, hundreds of academics, fans, authors, and playwrights have presented their own conclusion to this literary puzzler.
 
Step into 150 years of Dickensian speculation to see how our attitudes both to Dickens and his mystifying last work have developed. At first, enterprising authors tried to cash in on an opportunity to finish Dickens’ book. Dogged attempts of early twentieth-century detectives proved Drood to be the greatest mystery of all time. Earnest academics of the mid-century reinvented Dickens as a modernist writer. Today, the glorious irreverence of modern bibliophiles reveals just how far people will go in their quest to find an ending worthy of Dickens.
 
Whether you are a die-hard Drood fan or new to the controversy, Dickens scholar Pete Orford guides readers through the tangled web of theories and counter-theories surrounding this great literary riddle. From novels to websites; musicals to public trials; and academic tomes to erotic fiction, one thing is certain: there is no end to the inventiveness with which we redefine Dickens’ final story, and its enduring mystery.
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About the author

Pete Orford is a lecturer in English, and Course Director of the MA in Charles Dickens Studies run by the University of Buckingham in partnership with the Charles Dickens Museum in London. He has written several articles on _Drood_ in addition to numerous conference papers, public talks and a special exhibition at the Charles Dickens Museum. On top of all this he runs The Drood Inquiry (www.droodinquiry.com), an interactive exploration of _Drood_ and the numerous possibilities for its end that asks the public to vote for their preferred conclusion.

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Grub Street Publishers
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Published on
Jul 30, 2018
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9781526724373
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Language
English
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Genres
Literary Criticism / European / General
Social Science / Sociology / General
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