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The Mystery of Edwin Drood Discussion Series

March 26, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm  |  Virtual Event


The Mystery of Edwin Drood Discussion Series
February 26, March 26, and April 30 at 1:00-3:00 PM | Virtual Event

The next three Pickwick Club sessions will focus on Dickens’s last and most enigmatic work, the unfinished Mystery of Edwin Drood. Considered by many lovers of detective fiction to be the ultimate mystery novel, since its author died without providing a solution, Drood has challenged and intrigued the imaginations of generations of readers.

Join Dickens enthusiast, writer, and Friends of the Dickens Project board member, Carl Wilson for a series of discussions about this book. Wilson notes:

“I first read Drood in 1980 when Leon Garfield published his completion of the novel. I was fascinated then, and still am, by his theory that Dickens would have presented Jasper as a divided self, anticipating Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde by almost twenty years. Although no one will truly know, that theory has stayed with me since, and I would suggest that first-time readers pay close attention to Dickens’s various descriptions of Jasper throughout the five completed and sixth partially completed monthly numbers.”

Reading Schedule
February 26: Chapters 1-9
March 26: Chapters 10-16
April 30: Chapters 17-End

Questions to consider for the first session: The opening chapter reads like almost nothing else that Dickens wrote. What is the purpose of such tortuous writing? What is the result of Dickens choosing to write much of the opening pages in present tense? Wilkie Collins thought that Drood was “the melancholy work of a worn-out brain.” Do you agree?

More Information:

The Santa Cruz Pickwick (Book) Club, a branch of the Dickens Fellowship, is a community of local bookworms, students, and teachers who meet monthly to discuss a nineteenth-century novel. The Santa Cruz Public Libraries provide support for the reading group.


March 26, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm