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By Charles Dickens

ISBN-10: 1588368718

ISBN-13: 9781588368713

Dickens' ultimate novel, left unfinished at his loss of life in 1870, is a secret tale a lot encouraged by means of the 'Sensation Novel' as written by way of his buddy Wilkie Collins. The motion occurs in an historic cathedral urban and in many of the darkest areas in Victorian London. medicinal drugs, disappearances, sexual obsession, cover and a potential homicide are one of the topics and motifs. A sombre and menacing surroundings, a desirable diversity of characters and Dickens' ordinary command of language mix to make this an exhilarating and tantalising tale. additionally incorporated during this quantity are a couple of unjustly missed tales and sketches, with matters as various as homicide , guilt and youth romance.

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He is irritatingly obtuse when Rosa breaks down at the piano under fear of Jasper’s attention. “Pussy’s not used to an audience, that’s the fact,” he comments. Nor is his remark to the swarthy outsider Neville that “you are no judge of white men” particularly ingratiating. Of course, Edwin’s exasperating traits serve a very basic purpose in the plot—to provoke the short-fused Neville enough so that he will seem guilty to the townspeople of harming Edwin. Jasper goads Neville on about Edwin, knowing just which buttons to push because of his own bitterness toward his freewheeling and unreflective nephew: See how little he heeds it all … It hardly is worth his while to pluck the golden fruit that hangs ripe on the tree for him.

Whether Dickens also saw himself as the older man wedging himself into the life of young actress Ellen Ternan we cannot say, but at the very least he was obliged to keep their relationship as secret as possible, and some of his conflicted feelings about this may be on display in Jasper’s destructive and clandestine pursuit of Rosa. The dark secrets of abandonment and resentment in family life—and by extension the life of an incestuously small village—are more key to an understanding of Drood than any single character in the cast.

These were followed by the publication in installments of the comic adventures that became The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (1837), whose unprecedented popularity made the twenty-five-year-old author a national figure. In 1836 he married Catherine Hogarth, who would bear him ten children over a period of fifteen years. Dickens’s energies enabled him to lead an active family and social life, including an indulgence in elaborate amateur theatricals, while maintaining a literary productiveness of astonishing proportions.

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