Drood (novel)

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Hardcover first edition
AuthorDan Simmons
CountryUnited States
GenreThriller, Historical fiction
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company (US), Quercus (United Kingdom)
Publication date
February 1, 2009
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages777 pp (first edition)
813/.54 22
LC ClassPS3569.I47292 D76 2009

Drood is a novel written by Dan Simmons. The book was initially published on February 1, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. It is a fictionalized account of the last five years of Charles Dickens' life.[1]


The book is a fictionalized account of the last five years of Charles Dickens' life told from the viewpoint of Dickens' friend and fellow author, Wilkie Collins. The title comes from Dickens' unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The novel's complex plot mixes fiction with biographical facts from the lives of Dickens, Collins, and other literary and historical figures of the Victorian era, complicated even further by the narrator's constant use of opium and opium derivatives such as laudanum, rendering him an unreliable narrator.


Guillermo del Toro is scheduled to direct a film adaptation of Drood for Universal Pictures.[2] As of June 2019, the project is still listed as "in development."[3]


  1. ^ "Drood by Dan Simmons". goodreads.com. Retrieved 2014-09-12.
  2. ^ Fleming Jr, Michael (2008-09-03). "Guillermo Del Toro booked thru 2017". variety.com. Variety Media. Retrieved 2017-12-25.
  3. ^ "Drood". IMDB.com. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 11 June 2019.

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