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  • Drood is a novel by Dan Simmons. The novel, narrated by William Wilkie Collins (a fellow novelist, playwright and a friend of Charles Dickens) details the last five years of Dickens' life after he survived a railway accident. The entire novel can be read as an explanation for Charles Dickens' motivation for his last unfinished work, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
  • Drood is a 2009 novel written by Dan Simmons. It 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.

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