The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Dickens's last novel, lay unfinished at
his death. Speculation remains rife as to its probable conclusion;
evidence suggests that, fascinated as Dickens was by details of the
plotting, his basic concern was for character and appropriate
setting, in particular the character of the hero-villain, Jasper.
The ancient city of Cloisterham, its cathedral a reminder of
mortality, human frailty, and the lawful life, is an effective... more...