'In the wakeful misery of the night, girded by sordid realities, or wandering through Paradises and Hells of visions . . . I loved you madly.'
Edwin Drood is contracted to marry orphan Rosa when he comes of age, but when they find that duty has gradually replaced affection, they agree to break the engagement off. Shortly afterwards, in the middle of a storm on Christmas Eve, Edwin disappears, leaving nothing but some personal belongings and the suspicion that his jealous uncle John Jasper, madly in love with Rosa, is the killer. And beyond this presumed crime there are further intrigues: the dark opium underworld of sleepy cathedral town Cloisterham, and the sinister double life of choirmaster Jasper, whose drug-fuelled fantasy life belies his respectable appearance. Dickens died before completing Edwin Drood, leaving its tantalizing mystery unsolved and encouraging generations of readers to try to work out what happened next.
About the Author
Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist whose popularity was established by the phenomenally successful Pickwick Papers (1836-7). His novels captured and held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years. David Trotter is Quain Professor of English Language and Literature and Head of Department at University College London. Charlotte Mitchell is Lecturer in English at University College London.
|Extra Illustrations||p. vi|
|Note on the Text||p. xvii|
|A Chronology of Charles Dickens||p. xviii|
|List of Illustrations||p. xxv|
|The Mystery of Edwin Drood||p. 1|
|Manuscript List of Projected Names and Titles||p. 218|
|The Number Plans||p. 219|
|The Sapsea Fragment||p. 232|
|Explanatory Notes||p. 236|
|Select Bibliography||p. 240|
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Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: April 2002
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1