The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Other Stories

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Wordsworth Editions, 1998 - 496 páginas

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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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 ... Leer comentario completo

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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 ... Leer comentario completo

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reluctance before departing to murder Duncan see Macbeth 2
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The Dawn
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p 413 vinegar camphor used as stimulants to revive someone
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A Dean and a Chapter Also
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p 248 de facto de jure actual but not legally recognised
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p 421 pocketankercher a colloquial pronunciation of pockethand
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p 254 Tower the Tower of London begun by William I reigned
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The Nuns House
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p 103 charity boy catechism a pupil at a charitable school
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Devoted
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p 109 kickshaw ditties cheap or worthless and in this case
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p 112 peajacket a short woollen overcoat as worn by sailors
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Philanthropy Professional and Unprofessional
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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 260 a royal proclamation Spanish rapiers of preposterous length
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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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Mr Sapsea
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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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Mr Durdles and Friend
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p 292 a high sugarloaf hat conical in shape as worn in the seven
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Philanthropy in Minor Canon Corner
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p 301 the Church of St Dunstan in Fleet Street one of the best
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More Confidences than One
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Daggers Drawn
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p 334 young Turk a lively and perhaps rebellious or icono
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Birds in the Bush
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Smoothing the Way
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A Picture and a Ring
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p 63 Juno Venus Roman goddesses of power wisdom chastity
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I2 A Night with Durdles
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If Peter
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p 72 fairy nothings Shakespeare A Midsummer Nights Dream
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p 75 the Celestial Nine the Muses of Greek mythology
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p 85 Constantia red wine valued as a tonic from a vineyard near
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27 And he that
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p 96 Old Bourne a tributary of the Fleet which once flowed
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Both at Their Best I21 14 When Shall These Three Meet Again?
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25 And Judah
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p 101 National Gallery in Trafalgar Square London designed
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Impeached
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A Settler in Cloisterham
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p 123 Spartan general specify Before the battle of Thermo
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Shadow on the Sundial
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p 132 Twelfth Harlequin an ornamental cake eaten
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mens
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A Flight
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15 And
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p 156 airy tongues that syllable mens names Milton Comus
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p 157 grey hairs with sorrow to the grave an allusion to the story
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A Recognition
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A Gritty State of Things Comes On
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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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The Dawn Again
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p 171 the yet unfinished and undeveloped railway station London
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p 180 Apollo bis 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 2 14 like a man stockings slavery Sailors usually went bare
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p 221 be 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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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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