The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)


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Did Edwin Drood simply vanish into the night on Christmas Eve, or was he murdered with a black silk scarf by his uncle Jasper? Or was he possibly done in with a walking stick, brandished by one Neville Landless? 

It has only been a few months since John Jasper, the choirmaster at Cloisterham Cathedral, stepped from his favorite opium den to pay a visit to his nephew Edwin. Edwin, it seems, is contemplating ending his arranged engagement to Rosa Bud. The neglected bride-to-be, however, has two other admirers: Rosa’s frightening choirmaster, the very same uncle Jasper, and her best friend Helena’s volatile twin, Neville Landless. With both John and Neville toting possible murder weapons to Christmas dinner at the Landless’ home, Dickens’ greatest unsolved mystery heats up fast.

 Alas, The Mystery of Edwin Drood was left unfinished at Dickens’ death in 1870, compelling generations of readers to rummage among the scant clues—and a large cast of sinister and comic characters—to deduce Edwin’s killer for themselves. If, that is, Dickens ever intended him to be murdered at all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435141544
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 03/20/2012
Series: Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 162,039
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was born in Portsmouth, England. After a difficult childhood, he became a court reporter in London. He had early success in the writing of comic sketches, and followed up with a virtually unbroken string of highly popular and well-regarded novels, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and A Tale of Two Cities. These earned him unparalleled international fame. Dickens died of a stroke, following a strenuous day’s work on The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1812

Date of Death:

June 18, 1870

Place of Birth:

Portsmouth, England

Place of Death:

Gad's Hill, Kent, England


Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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