The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl
A Novel

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 6 Critic Reviews



In his most enthralling novel yet, the critically acclaimed author Matthew Pearl reopens one of literary history’s greatest mysteries. The Last Dickens is a tale filled with the dazzling twists and turns, the unerring period details, and the meticulous research that thrilled readers of the bestsellers The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow.

Boston, 1870. When news of Charles Dickens’s untimely death reaches the office of his struggling American publisher, Fields & Osgood, partner James Osgood sends his trusted clerk Daniel Sand to await the arrival of Dickens’s unfinished novel. But when Daniel’s body is discovered by the docks and the manuscript is nowhere to be found, Osgood must embark on a transatlantic quest to unearth the novel that he hopes will save his venerable business and reveal Daniel’s killer.

Danger and intrigue abound on the journey to England, for which Osgood has chosen Rebecca Sand, Daniel’s older sister, to assist him. As they attempt to uncover Dickens’s final mystery, Osgood and Rebecca find themselves racing the clock through a dangerous web of literary lions and drug dealers, sadistic thugs and blue bloods, and competing members of Dickens’s inner circle. They soon realize that understanding Dickens’s lost ending is a matter of life and death, and the hidden key to stopping a murderous mastermind.

From the Hardcover edition.

About Matthew Pearl

See more books from this Author
Matthew Pearl is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dante Club and the editor of the Modern Library editions of Dante's Inferno (translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) and Edgar Allan Poe's The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales. The Dante Club has been published in more than thirty languages and forty countries around the world. Pearl is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and has taught literature at Harvard and at Emerson College. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He can be reached via his website, schedule a speaking engagement, please contact American Program Bureau at From the Hardcover edition.
Published March 14, 2009 by Random House. 401 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Last Dickens

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

This historical thriller turns on the question of how Charles Dickens would have ended “Edwin Drood.”

May 31 2009 | Read Full Review of The Last Dickens: A Novel

BC Books

See more reviews from this publication

Dickens is dead, but his work lives on.

Jul 08 2010 | Read Full Review of The Last Dickens: A Novel

The Washington Post

... THE LAST DICKENS By Matthew Pearl Random House. 386 pp. $25.

Apr 03 2009 | Read Full Review of The Last Dickens: A Novel

Mysterious Reviews

Before he leaves, though, Osgood is reminded by his partner Fields that the purpose of his trip is solving the mystery of the Edwin Drood manuscript, not to create a new mystery of his own making.This fictional literary mystery within a factual literary mystery is absolutely captivating.

| Read Full Review of The Last Dickens: A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

A historical literary mystery filled with real-life figures, The Last Dickens showcases Pearl’s impressive research into the Victorian era—from opium wars in India to publishing house culture.

Feb 09 2009 | Read Full Review of The Last Dickens: A Novel

Creative Loafing

And while The Last Dickens offers a sincere appreciation of Dickens and America’s 19th-century authors, it never matches the passion of passages such as Collins’ grudging appreciation of Our Mutual Friend, Dickens’ last completed novel.

Mar 16 2009 | Read Full Review of The Last Dickens: A Novel

Reader Rating for The Last Dickens

An aggregated and normalized score based on 74 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review