2 edition of The last Dickens found in the catalog.
Includes reading group questions and topics for discussion (p. -396).
|Statement||Random House Trade|
|Publishers||Random House Trade|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 83 p. :|
|Number of Pages||55|
|2||Readers circle (Random House (Firm))|
|3||Random House readers circle|
Boston, 1870. When news of Charles Dickenss untimely death reaches the office of his struggling American publisher, Fields & Osgood, partner James Osgood sends Daniel Sand to take possession of the unfinished novel. When Sand is killed, Osgood and Rebecca Sand journey to England determined to recover the manuscript and stop a murderous mastermind. File Size: 1MB.
The final installments were en route from London to Boston when Dickens died. This fictional literary mystery within a factual literary mystery is absolutely captivating. After he signs for it, but before he can deliver it, he is killed and the package disappears. The publishers had been serializing the novel monthly in their trade magazine, anticipating a total of twelve installments.
A young man from the publishing company, Daniel Sand, was sent to accept delivery of the package The last Dickens the wharf. On board, he's attacked by someone with an identical cane possessed by the person who stalked Daniel.
Maybe he had told someone about the novel and how the mystery would end. Six of a twelve installments had already been printed. James Osgood has a few mindful questions: Who knew the package of installments was aboard the vessel? Atmospheric and cleverly plotted, The Last Dickens is a brilliant novel that proposes an innovative solution to one of the literary world's most enduring mysteries.
In the meantime, Osgood sails from Boston to London accompanied by Daniel's sister, Rebecca. Dickens' novel relates the story of Edwin Drood, an honest if sometimes disturbed young man, who vanishes after provoking the anger of his devious uncle.
A lawyer, Sylvanus Bendall, is nearby and tries to help, but can do nothing before Daniel dies. Acknowledgment: Random House provided a trade paperback edition of The Last Dickens for this review. Review: Matthew Pearl blends fact and fiction, and posits a plausible solution to mystery surrounding Charles Dickens' final, unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood in The Last Dickens, the author's third suspense novel to feature historic literary figures.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The last Dickens contributing her review of The Last Dickens. Daniel's death appears to be accidental, but he was fleeing from someone with a menacing cane, one with the head of a horned beast, when he's run down by an omnibus. What could the thief gain by stealing the package? While in London, Osgood and Rebecca are taken through underground tunnels, ghastly opium dens, and anywhere else literary pickpockets and bookaneers frequent, all in an effort to locate a copy of the missing novel.
Dickens had promised his publishers, Fields and Osgood in Boston, The last Dickens the book would have a curious and new ending. No one could publish the work as it would immediately be discovered. Readers will have a hard time putting down. Believing the package to be irrevocably lost, Osgood decides to go to London to determine if there might be other copies of the novel in Dickens' workroom. Bendall takes possession of Daniel's package and realizes immediately what it is, and how valuable it potentially is.
Before he leaves, though, Osgood is reminded by his partner Fields that the purpose of his trip is solving the mystery of the Edwin Drood manuscript, not to create a new mystery of his own making.
The publishers had been serializing the novel monthly in their trade magazine, anticipating a total of twelve installments.
Maybe he had told someone about the novel and how the mystery would end.
Believing the package to be irrevocably lost, Osgood decides to go to London to determine if there might be other copies of the novel in Dickens' workroom.