T.P. James

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Thomas Power James (better known as T. P. James) was a publisher in Brattleboro, Vermont best known for publishing a completion of Charles Dickens' The Mystery of Edwin Drood claimed to be written by the spirit of Dickens channeled through a spiritualist summoning.[1][2][3]

The book, published in 1873 under the title Part Second of the Mystery of Edwin Drood, was reviewed by the New York Times, as well as regional newspapers, like the Salem Observer.[1][2] With a successful marketing campaign, the book became an item of comment in the literary community, with an essay by Arthur Conan Doyle in The Bookman negatively comparing the continuation of the novel with the original work.[2] Subsequent scholarship has later debated the authenticity and similarity of the work to the original Dickens.[4]

A writing contest is hosted every year in the town of Brattleboro to commemorate the hoax publisher.[5]


  1. ^ a b Parker, Rolf (2017-10-27). "A Haunting Mystery: Brattleboro's T.P. James - Spiritualist, writer ... and conman?". The Brattleboro Reformer. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  2. ^ a b c Heller, Paul (2017-11-25). "DICKENS in the SPIRIT WORLD". Times Argus. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  3. ^ Seltzer, Beth (2016-05-12). "Floating Academy: Drood, Ghost-Dickens, and the Fourth Dimension | Victorian Review". victorianreview.org. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  4. ^ Stevenson, Ian (October 1978). "Some Comments on Automatic Writing" (PDF). Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research. 72: 324–325.
  5. ^ Podlog, Lillian (2013-07-17). "Goofballs and Ghosts". The Brattleboro Reformer. Retrieved 2017-11-30.

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