Wendy S. Jacobson: The Companion to the Mystery of Edwin Drood

Отправлено 18 сент. 2013 г., 10:33 пользователем Sven Karsten   [ обновлено 18 сент. 2013 г., 10:34 ]

The Mys­tery of Edwin Drood is as res­o­nant with the ex­pe­ri­ences, read­ing and writ­ing of Dick­ens's life­time as Clois­ter­ham Cathe­dral Is with its past. An­no­ta­tion of the novel has re­vealed the ex­tent to which its rich­ness, com­plex­i­ty and hu­mour arise from three im­por­tant kinds of in­flu­ence.

One of the in­flu­ences re­flect­ed in the wide range of al­lu­sions in the novel orig­i­nates in Dick­ens's live­ly in­ter­est in con­tem­po­rary and near-con­tem­po­rary events, is­sues and per­son­al­i­ties. For ex­am­ple, Charles Kings­ley's phi­los­o­phy of Mus­cu­lar Chris­tian­i­ty an­i­mates the por­trait of the Rev­erend Crisparkle (chap­ter 2), just as John Bright and his in­volve­ment with phi­lan­thropy and the Gov­er­nor Eyre con­tro­ver­sy an­i­mate the por­trait of Hon­eythun­der (chap­ters 6, 17). The de­pic­tion of Baz­zard as a frus­trat­ed play­wright is a wicked­ly witty per­son­al at­tack on R. H. Home, with whom Dick­ens broke off re­la­tions in 1869 (chap­ter 20). 

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