The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

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Penguin Classics e-books give you the best possible editions of Charles Dickens's novels, including all the original illustrations, useful and informative introductions, the definitive, accurate text as it was meant to be published, a chronology of Dickens's life and notes that fill in the background to the book. This Penguin Classics edition of The Mystery of Edwin Drood also includes the mysterious 'Sapsea Fragment' and Dickens's plans for the story.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Dickens' last novel, is a mystery built around a presumed crime - the murder of a nephew by his uncle. Dickens died before completing the story, leaving the mystery unsolved and encouraging successive generations of readers to turn detective. Beyond the preoccupying fact of this intriguing crime, however, the novel also offers readers a characteristically Dickensian mix of the fantastical world of the imagination and a vibrantly journalistic depiction of gritty reality.


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Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was one of England's greatest writers. Best known for his classic serialized novels, such as "Oliver Twist", "A Tale of Two Cities", and "Great Expectations", Dickens wrote about the London he lived in, the conditions of the poor, and the growing tensions between the classes. He achieved critical and popular international success in his lifetime and was honored with burial in Westminster Abbey.
Published September 25, 2003 by Penguin. 250 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Religion & Spirituality, Arts & Photography, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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And of course biographies of Dickens abound in this anniversary year, but Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin is a work which explores some of the complexities of Dickens own relationships with women, and might give a clue as to how some of the themes of 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' connect...

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Additionally, I read it as part of coursework this semester, a course titled, “Reading Fiction,” so you release how much I love this book by now Not a leisure read, take out some time for it.

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Michael Manley 20 Aug 2013

Rated the book as 4 out of 5