The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Other Stories

Sampul Depan
Wordsworth Editions, 1998 - 436 halaman
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. AUTHOR Charles John Huffam Dickens FRSA (7 February 1812 - 9 June 1870), pen-name "Boz", was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era and one of the most popular of all time. He created some of literature's most memorable characters. His novels and short stories have never gone out of print. A concern with what he saw as the pressing need for social reform is a theme that runs throughout his work. Much of his work first appeared in periodicals and magazines in serialised form, a favoured way of publishing fiction at the time. Dickens, unlike others who would complete entire novels before serial publication commenced, often wrote his in parts, in the order in which they were meant to appear. The practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by one cliff-hanger after another to keep the public eager for the next instalment.
 

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This is my fifth Dickens novel. Normally I wouldn’t read a final, unfinished work so early in my perusal of an author’s oeuvre, but when I learned that the BBC was going to be airing what sounded like ... Baca ulasan lengkap

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Every now and then, disillusioned by modern literature, I return to Dickens. I have just read "Our Mutual Friend" Dickens wonderful word pictures of people, every character vivid and believable is far beyond anyone writing today. Baca ulasan lengkap

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p 421 myrrh or frankincense two of the three gifts the other
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p 92 What is the matter? Who did it? see Macbeth 3 4
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p 132 jacksonini Clowns often adopted Italiansounding names
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p 4oo when I get into maps Netties education has not yet reached
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p 255 the ward of Cheype the electoral division of the City that
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p 26o 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 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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17o p 122 pomatum scented hair ointment
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p 123 next friend at law a legal term for next of kin or a close
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p 132 waxwork China CD may have had in mind Letter 45
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p 156 airy tongues that syllable mens names Milton Comus
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p 286 Mr Pickwick the hero of CDs first novel Pickwick Papers
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p 294 Kingston a riverside market town to the west of London
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p 301 the Church of St Dunstan in Fleet Street one of the best
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I3 p 429 more Greek and Latin than Lady jane Grey Lady Jane 1537
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p 324 like clean Dutch cheeses round and smooth like a whole
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p 334 the angel at Islington A coaching inn of this name
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8 The wind bloweth where
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p 72 Rumour tongues elsewhere Shakespeare Henry IV Part
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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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p 97 convey Pistol says Shakespeare The Merry Wives
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p 99 madedish a dish containing a variety of ingredients usually
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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 112 peajacket a short woollen overcoat as worn by sailors
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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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p 164 necessity oppressed see The Litany in BCP 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 200 fag in English public schools a junior boy who acted as
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p 212 agreement lines earnest money preliminary contract
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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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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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