Drood : A Novel (Paperback)

Author: Simmons, Dan

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While traveling by train to London with his mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens hurtled into a disaster that changes his life forever. Was the popular author living a dark double life? Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging narrative.


Publisher Little Brown & Co
Mfg Part# 9780316007030
SKU 211283240
Format Paperback
ISBN10 031600703X
Release Date 2/1/2010
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1.5T
Author Info
Dan Simmons
Following his graduation from Washington University in St. Louis in 1971, Dan Simmons moved to Colorado and taught elementary school for many years, while trying and failing to get his fiction published. In 1981 he attended a course for beginning writers taught by the writer and critic Harlan Ellison. At Ellison's urging, Simmons submitted a story to an unpublished writers competition. The story, "The River Styx Runs Upstream", won the contest and, on the same day it was published in Twilight Zone magazine--February 15, 1982--his first child was born. In 1985, his debut novel, SONG OF KALI, a grim horror novel set in the backstreets of Calcutta, won the prestigious World Fantasy Award. Since then, Simmons has racked up an impressive collection of other awards, including the Hugo Award, Locus Reader's Poll Awards, the British Fantasy & Science Fiction Award, and four Bram Stoker Awards. His masterpiece, THE HYPERION CANTOS, a massive work inspired by the works of John Keats and structurally based on Chaucer's CANTERBURY TALES, is credited in many quarters with single-handedly rescuing the sf sub-genre of "space opera" from the disrepute into which it had fallen. THE HYPERION CANTOS is a classic work of science fiction that many fans speak of in favorable comparison to works like Frank Herbert's DUNE series, and, along with its sequel ENDYMION, it is one of the most important works of science fiction written since 1970. Splitting his writing between epic science fiction and spectacularly dense, complex horror novels, Simmons is a genre-straddling author who will undoubtedly remain a powerful force in both fields, even when his work comes to be accepted outside of the constraints of genre fiction.
"Bestseller Simmons...brilliantly imagines a terrifying sequence of events as the inspiration for Dickens's last, uncompleted novel, THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, in this unsettling and complex thriller."
"Simmons also offers a stunning re-creation of Dickens' London and its characters that's almost as good as, well . . . Dickens. A top-notch, genre-bending tour de force, this is where history and horror meet."
"[I]t is...an engrossing mystery tale, and it offers a compelling portrait of two famous novelists and their evolving friendship, not to mention a portrait of 19th-century England's underworld and literary scene."
"Simmons blends the facts of the Dickens and Collins biographies with graphic details about life in Victorian London. The result is a spellbinding tale, bold and sly and so steeped in the filigree of this era that it seems to have been written just after a seance during which both authors were present."
"[Simmons] cleverly braids together fact and fiction -- biographical bits of Dickens' life and that of Wilkie Collins, details of Victorian London, elements of THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD plus 'murder, death, corpses, crypts, mesmerism, opium, ghosts' and phantasmagoria by the fistful."
"Simmons is a master at fashioning competing worldviews, and emergent ones too. Many species of reality materialize in this almost-800-page story..."
From the Publisher
Annotation This gripping Victorian thriller depicts the final days of Charles Dickens, and the extraordinary events which haunt the great writer's unfinished final novel, THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD. Wilkie Collins, Dickens's friend, rival, and collaborator, narrates this compelling saga, which begins when Dickens and his mistress survive a train wreck in 1865. In the aftermath of the disaster, Dickens encounters a bizarre practitioner of the black arts called Drood, who was protected from the crash because he was traveling in a coffin. Dickens pursues Drood into London's sprawling, decrepit underworld, where he develops a swelling obsession with corpses, crypts, and necromancy. Collins inevitably begins to question whether Drood really exists, or whether Dickens himself is responsible for the mysticism and murder they continually uncover. But Collins's telling of the tale is tainted by his looming jealousy of Dickens, and his considerable opium habit, so that the truth behind this twisted enigma is as elusive as the mysterious Mr. Drood himself. Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Books of 2009.
Editors Note A tale inspired by the mysterious final years of Charles Dickens finds the 53-year-old literary master irrevocably changed when a train journey with his mistress ends in violence, an event that prompts the writer's increasing obsession with the London underworld as witnessed by his Salieri-like rival, Wilkie Collins. Reprint.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0775
Publisher Back Bay Books

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