The Drood Inquiry is offering a warm invitation to one and all to join us in a Drood readalong as we countdown to our official opening.
Dickens originally published The Mystery of Edwin Drood, like all of his novels, in installments. Thanks to the generosity of the University of Aberdeen, The Drood Inquiry now have digital scans of all six installments which we will be sharing each month from April to September to mimic their first release back in 1870. It’s a rare opportunity to see Dickens’s story in its original format, even down to the monthly adverts, and truly get a feel for what it might have been like to first read it 144 years ago.
Meanwhile, over at Cloisterham Tales (http://cloisterhamtales.wordpress.com) we’ll be posting regular blogs, and inviting comments from readers as the story develops, to see how our perception of the story and characters is affected by the monthly structure (so for those who have read it before, please remember: no spoilers!). There will also be posts along the way to give a fuller picture of the context of Drood and its early reception. There really is no better way to understanding the book.
So whether you’ve never read it, or think you know it backwards (Doord Niwde fo Yretsym Eht), please join us, one and all, both here and at http://www.droodinquiry.com from 1 April 2014 as we travel the streets of Cloisterham in the company of Master Edwin Drood and friends.