The enduring mystery of Edwin Drood continues to enthrall readers over 150 years after Charles Dickens’ death. The public first encountered the story in serialized parts, as pictured here in brilliant blue wrappers on slide one; Dickens died after writing these first six parts and publishing only three, leaving the novel tantalizingly unfinished.
Two key factors led to the devoted and incessant attempts to solve the mystery: the story was by Dickens, and he left it without any hints towards its resolution. The open-endedness to the gripping mystery inspired “hundreds of thousands of words of supposition, numerous ‘continuations,’ and even a Broadway musical,” writes curator Jeff Johnson. The popularity spawned vibrant pirated editions as well, such as the red-printed serialized pamphlet on slide 2.
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