The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Other Stories

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Wordsworth Editions, 1998 - Cathedrals - 464 pages
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With an Introduction and Notes by Peter Preston, University of Nottingham.

Illustrations by S.L. Fildes and Hablot K. Browne (Phiz).

Dickens's final novel, left unfinished at his death, is a tale of mystery whose fast-paced action takes place in an ancient cathedral city and in some of the darkest places in nineteenth-century London. Drugs, sexual obsession, colonial adventuring and puzzles about identity are among the novel's themes. At the centre of the plot lie the baffling disappearance of Edwin Drood and the many explanations of his whereabouts. A sombre and menacing atmosphere, a fascinating range of characters and Dickens's usual superb command of language combine to make this an exciting and tantalising story.

Also included in this volume are a number of unjustly neglected stories and sketches, with subjects as different as murder and guilt and childhood romance. This unusual selection illustrates Dickens's immense creativity and versatility.

 

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User Review  - Xleptodactylous - LibraryThing

In cloisteresque Cloisterham, John 'Jack' Jasper lives with his ward and nephew, Mister Edwin Drood, and teaches music to Drood's own betrothed-the beguiling Rosa. Meanwhile, arriving at Cloisterham ... Read full review

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User Review  - john257hopper - LibraryThing

A mixed and interesting collection of shorter stories (MED reviewed separately): Master Humphrey's Clock - engaging and heart warming for the most part, though I found the Weller parts tiresome ... Read full review

Contents

reluctance before departing to murder Duncan see Macbeth 2
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p 92 What is the matter? Who did it? see Macbeth 3 4
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p 248 recorder for the city of London a judge in a city or borough
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p 132 Jacksonini Clowns often adopted Italiansounding names
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p 398 Margate a resort on the coast of Kent convenient
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p 254 St Pauls The first cathedral on the site formerly occupied
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p 400 put in the corner a punishment for naughty children
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p 255 Henry VIII Henry VIII b 1491 reigned 150947
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p 112 peajacket a short woollen overcoat as worn by sailors
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p 116 Chairs to mend the streetcry of itinerant bodgers or chair
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p 122 little Rickitts steel drops daily These iron chloride drops
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p 122 pomatum scented hair ointment
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p 123 Spartan general specify Before the battle of Thermo
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p 132 Twelfth Harlequin an ornamental cake eaten
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15 And
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p 260 Ludgate named after a gate supposedly built by King
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p 281 The Old Curiosity Shop Serialisation of CDs novel in
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p 283 Belinda a popular eighteenthcentury name often given
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p 286 Mr Pickwick the hero of CDs first novel Pickwick Papers
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p 292 a high sugarloaf hat conical in shape as worn in the seven
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p 301 the Church of St Dunstan in Fleet Street one of the best
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p 324 like clean Dutch cheeses round and smooth like a whole
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p 334 young Turk a lively and perhaps rebellious or icono
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p 64 The world choose John Milton 160874 Paradise Lost
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p 72 Queen Elizabeths Tilbury fort Queen Elizabeth reviewed
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p 74 My visits between See Robert Blair 16991746 The
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p 76 a bear cotillion dancing bears were still exhibited in
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p 86 ladies fingers long thin sponge cakes
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p 96 Old Bourne a tributary of the Fleet which once flowed
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25 And Judah
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p 101 National Gallery in Trafalgar Square London designed
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p 103 charity boy catechism a pupil at a charitable school
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p 109 kickshaw ditties cheap or worthless and in this case
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p 157 grey hairs with sorrow to the grave an allusion to the story
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1314 And Cain
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p 161 Fancy mill boxing fight
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We beseech
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p 167 I feel marked and tainted another allusion to the story
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p 171 the yet unfinished and undeveloped railway station London
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p 180 Apollo his lyre the god of music and poetry often
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p 192 over the housetops Railway viaducts often passing through
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p 204 a marvellous country beanstalk another reference to Jack
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p 213 down the airy An area is a small paved court reached
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p 214 like a man stockings slavery Sailors usually went bare
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p 221 he lived apart from human life Jacobson p 174 quotes
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p 224 cabbagenets used to cook cabbages by suspending them
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p 227 time and place are both at hand see Macbeth 1 7 514 Nor
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p 235 the one great garden of the whole cultivated island
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Master Humphreys Clock
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George Silvermans Explanation
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About the author (1998)

Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on February 7, 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.

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