Leon Garfield: Completion of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

Отправлено 20 апр. 2013 г., 12:02 пользователем Sven Karsten

The bold­est way to sup­ply the miss­ing sec­ond half of Edwin Drood would be in the idiom of the pre­sent time. Such a course would nowa­days come nat­u­ral­ly or at any rate fash­ion­ably to an ar­chi­tect were he re­quired to com­plete a build­ing that had stopped short in 1870. But the mi­ni-vogue among writ­ers (or is it among pub­lish­ers?) for end­ings to fic­tions that their au­thors left un­fin­ished dur­ing the 19th cen­tu­ry has not thrown up a sin­gle mod­ern-dress pro­duc­tion.

In this re­spect, the arts have swopped places. Dur­ing most of Dick­ens’s ma­ture life­time it was ar­chi­tec­ture that versed it­self in pas­tiche and would scarce­ly ven­ture out ex­cept under the veil and jus­ti­fi­ca­tion of some ‘his­tor­i­cal’ style. The nov­el­ists, by con­trast, had the nerve of the devil. On the strength of noth­ing less could they have com­mit­ted them­selves to se­ri­al pub­li­ca­tion in the nerve-stretch­ing form it then took.

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