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Drood : a novel

Author: Dan Simmons
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens' life, "Drood" explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author's last years and may provide the key to his final, unfinished work: "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."
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Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Historical fiction
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
History
Fiction
Detective and mystery stories
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Simmons, Dan, 1948-
Drood.
New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009
(OCoLC)820753674
Named Person: Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Simmons
ISBN: 9780316007023 0316007021 9781847247957 1847247954 9780316037587 0316037583
OCLC Number: 225870345
Description: 777 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Sealed for 125 years, a secret manuscript by Charles Dickens' friend and some-time collaborator Wilkie Collins, reveals the dark secret that obsessed both men --
a secret that not only ended their long friendship, but also brought each writer to the very brink of murder. On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens --
at the height of his powers and popularity --
hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever. His train jumped the rail and plummeted into the marsh below. Dickens assisted the maimed and dying but the experience shook him to the core.His personality visibly darkened, his famous public readings began to focus on the most violent scenes he'd ever written, especially the terrible murder of Nancy by Bill Sykes in Oliver Twist. The author acted out the murder, adding dialogue and gesture, screaming, begging, strangling and cutting. By night Dickens and Collins began stalking the underbelly of London, obsessed with corpses, catacombs, murders, lime pits, opium dens, disguises and serial killers. Research --
or something darker? Or perhaps Wilkie Collins --
a laudanum addict with a seething, Salieri-esque jealousy of Dickens' success --
had another agenda?
Responsibility: Dan Simmons.

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I am in awe of Dan Simmons - Stephen King 'Peopled by characters worthy of Dickens novel . a fascinating book that adds to the speculative writings about the Victorian author's last and unfinished Read more...

 
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