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By Charles Dickens

Penguin Classics e-books provide the absolute best variations of Charles Dickens's novels, together with all of the unique illustrations, invaluable and informative introductions, the definitive, actual textual content because it used to be intended to be released, a chronology of Dickens's existence and notes that fill within the heritage to the e-book. This Penguin Classics variation of The secret of Edwin Drood additionally contains the mysterious 'Sapsea Fragment' and Dickens's plans for the story.

The secret of Edwin Drood, Dickens' final novel, is a secret equipped round a presumed crime - the homicide of a nephew by means of his uncle. Dickens died sooner than finishing the tale, leaving the secret unsolved and inspiring successive generations of readers to show detective. past the preoccupying truth of this interesting crime, despite the fact that, the unconventional additionally deals readers a generally Dickensian mixture of the fantastical international of the mind's eye and a vibrantly journalistic depiction of gritty truth.

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The Trinidadian historian, social critic, and activist intellectual C. L. R. James attested to reading vanity Fair regularly starting at the age of eight, learning the workings of the British class system while feeling their persistence in his own West Indian milieu; as James later commented, it was to Thackeray, even more than to Marx, that he owed his vocation. Worldly cynic, righteous prophet, tiresome companion, proto-Marxist social anatomist: the appellations are as contradictory as they are vivid and plausible.

Do not pretend, this voice admonishes us, that our individual modes of confronting the world (what we call our 舠personality舡) are anything but a cover for the emptiness that awaits us when alone. Thackeray, that is, is not interested in solitude per se but in the strange mixed condition of modern solitude, an aloneness that is situated squarely in the midst of a multitude. The novel is, after all, multitudinous, a vast panorama that takes in a wide range of geographical and social sites. Socially the novel traverses the range from the titled great舒Steyne and his hangers-on舒to the rural gentry, represented by the Pitt Crawleys, to the fashionable layers of London upper-middle-class society (which Thackeray delineates with great care), to the upwardly mobile middle-class elements within the city, to murkier layers of financial privation encountered by shopkeepers, small landowners, and even servants.

At some point in this period the novel舗s title had, momentously, changed. At first advertised to prospective publishers as 舠Pen and Pencil Sketches of English Society,舡 and later 舠The Novel without a Hero舡舒titles that linger on in the subtitles of the novel舗s serial and book publications, respectively舒Thackeray seems to have had an epiphany of sorts in late 1847 during a working holiday in Brighton, when 舠Vanity Fair,舡 with its reference to John Bunyan舗s Protestant allegory Pilgrim舗s Progress (1678,1684) as well as the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes, suddenly seemed to summarize his novel.

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