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The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
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May 26, 2012

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Dickens’ last and unfinished novel is interesting for the insight it provides into the method of episodic writing. With the evidence we have left, it is impossible to say what the outcome of the mystery at the novel’s heart will be and it is infuriating that Dickens’ only murder mystery remains unfinished. However, this gives an insight into what Victorian audiences reading the serialised novel must have felt as they awaited the next instalment. What is certain is that Dickens knew the end. To write a novel (and a murder mystery!) serially, there must have been a meticulous planning process beforehand that allowed for little deviation once the writing had commenced. I naturally tend to work this way so it was interesting to deconstruct this unfinished piece and look at its workings. Think the recent BBC adaptation did well with its ending and it felt plausible.

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