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About the Author

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was born in Portsmouth, England, and grew up in poverty, one of eight children. He became the preeminent writer of Victorian England, with most of his novels appearing in serial form before being published as books.

David Paroissien was educated in England and the United States and received his Ph.D. from UCLA. He taught for many years at the University of Massachusetts and is now emeritus professor of English. He is also the editor of the Dickens Quarterly.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463704666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463704667
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Davis on April 7, 2014
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Alas! we shall never know the true fate of Edwin Drood, or whether the one who acts with obvious villainy is truly the villain. Nor shall we know which of several potential suitors, if any, eventually wins the hand of the beautiful but delicate Miss Rose Bud. What sinister purpose was served by Jasper's midnight visit to the crypt? And is the inquisitive Mr. Datchery a detective, a blackmailer, or neither?

From its opening scene in a London opium den, it's apparent that The Mystery of Edwin Drood was to have been a shade darker than Dickens' previous novels and more akin to the "sensation novels" of Wilkie Collins. Yet it is still suffused with Dickens' startling wit and peopled with his unique and lovable eccentrics. It's such a shame that he died with the second half of the novel unwritten.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana C. Lundberg on January 7, 2014
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I enjoyed the book, but found the ending quite odd. Googled the title and found that Dickens passed away before it was finished.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 6, 2014
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You didn't finish your book, Sir!

I love Dickens. This one is well worth the time, even though you have to write the ending yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 7, 2013
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Great mystery characteristic of the author. I enjoyed the book in spite of the 'cliff hanger' effect at the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Klos on June 23, 2013
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This is Dickens last work and was unfinished at the time of his death, so you get to make your own ending and decide for yourself who the murderer is. Lots of debate about that.
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By getrus on June 29, 2013
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I honestly still do not know what to say about The Mystery of Edwin Drood. It is possibly one of the only mysteries which caught me off guard about how it ends. I did not expect it. But I need to say that the book is not finished. Dickens died before he was able to finish it and I don't even think he knew how it was going to end.

Anyway, Edwin Drood is a young man under the care of John Jasper. He is engaged to Rosebud. Well, not exactly engaged, there is an understanding (from when they were both young) that they would marry. Friends with Jasper is Mr. Crisparkle a parson who lives with his mother. Also included in this party is Mr. Grewgious, of when Rosebud is a ward.

Mr. Crisparkle, soon after the novel begins is charged with the education of Neville and Helena Landless. Neville is known for having a temper and falls in love with the beautiful Rosa and he thinks Edwin does not deserve her. Helena becomes Rosa's good friend and confidant to which she tells Helena about Jasper's love (obsession I call it) for her. (I should mention that Jasper happens to be her music teacher.)

To end this rather quickly, we skip forward about fifty pages, and Edwin and Rosa have ended their arrangement having love for one another only that of brother and sister with no romantic inclination at all. Shortly after this agreement is made, Edwin goes missing and is presumed dead. Most everyone thinks poor Neville did it (He threatened Edwin a couple of times.) They were never able to prove one way or another, but Neville still was shunned by most of the town.
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By Rebecca on December 5, 2014
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I'm only judging part of a book here - but that part is excellent. The writing is very well done, with many moments I find to be worthy of remembering. The story is riveting to keep you wondering not only "whodunit" but also what the fate of the characters will be. Such a shame we'll never know the true ending...but we can always make our own!
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By Amazon Customer on April 22, 2014
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Great book as far as it goes. But, I wish I would have known it was never finished before I started reading it
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