Charles Ogdens: "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" Solved at Last

Отправлено 13 июл. 2013 г., 02:32 пользователем Sven Karsten   [ обновлено 13 июл. 2013 г., 02:33 ]

Short­ly be­fore his death Charles Dick­ens told his son, Charles Dick­ens the younger, how he in­tend­ed that the novel, which he left half-fin­ished, should end — the younger Dick­ens dra­ma­tized the story and put into the con­clu­sion which he had re­ceived from the fa­ther.

When Charles Dick­ens died in 1870, leav­ing his last novel, "The Mys­tery of Edwin Drood" only half fin­ished, the En­glish-speak­ing world — and a good many of the folk who speak other lan­guages too — spent much time try­ing to guess how the great au­thor had in­tend­ed that his per­plex­ing story should end. And that guess­work has been going on with more or less spas­mod­ic vigor ever since.

Many lit­er­ary Sher­lock Holmes, in­clud­ing An­drew Lang, have filled many a mag­a­zine page try­ing to prove from the clues left by Dick­ens what the con­clu­sion was to have been. Sev­er­al au­thors, more am­bi­tious than dis­creet, have au­da­cious­ly as­sumed the man­tle of the dead prophet and fin­ished the book. Medi­ums have in­voked the spir­it of Dick­ens him­self to solve the mys­tery, with re­sults equal­ly un­con­vinc­ing.

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