MA in Dickens Studies

As if Chief Investigator of the Drood Inquiry were not honour enough, I am very pleased to announce my new role as Course Director of the MA by Research in Charles Dickens Studies, which the University of Buckingham will be launching in partnership with the Charles Dickens Museum this October.

Dissecting Drood

Full details of the schedule can be found here: Dissecting Drood Schedule Followers of The Drood Inquiry are warmly invited to attend a forthcoming workshop ‘Dissecting Drood’ on Tuesday 17th November at the Charles Dickens Museum. The workshop is designed to reflect back on what The Drood Inquiry has done and to ask questions of […]

Dickens Jnr’s Drood solution

Exciting news – on Friday 10 July 2015 the Dickens Museum is offering an evening of readings from the Drood solution written by Dickens’ son, performed in Dickens’ home.  I’ve spoken here previously about the 1871 novel John Jasper’s Secret by Henry Morford which was, and continues to be, wrongly attributed to Wilkie Collins and […]

Drood in the classroom

One of my primary aims in setting up the Drood Inquiry was to encourage new discussion from those who had never read, never heard, of Drood before. So imagine my delight when I received an email this week from Olivia Griffiths, a schoolteacher in Vermont who was inspired by the site to set the mystery […]

The solution (so far)

The opening of the special exhibition ‘A Dickens Whodunit: Solving the Mystery of Edwin Drood’ at the Charles Dickens Museum seemed a suitable time to reflect upon the responses received so far on The Drood Inquiry. With that in mind I asked Alys Jones if she would once more take up the pen to create […]

A Dickens Whodunnit: Solving the Mystery of Edwin Drood

Next week a special exhibition opens at the Charles Dickens Museum in London all about Drood. I’m very excited about this, not least because I’m co-curating it. ‘A Dickens Whodunnit: Solving the Mystery of Edwin Drood’ is both a chance to celebrate all the discussion of Drood that has occurred so far as well as […]

The day the world talked about Drood

In Chapter 9, “Birds in the Bush”, Dickens describes how rumours of Edwin and Neville’s disagreement fly around the town and into Miss Twinkleton’s school in the blink of an eye: Whether it was brought in by the birds of the air, or came blowing in with the very air itself, when the casement windows […]

The Invisible Woman and Drood

With Ralph Fiennes’s big-screen adaptation of Clare Tomalin’s biography of Ellen Ternan set to premiere this month, it seemed an appropriate time to consider the question of Ellen’s role in Drood. Given the great lengths Dickens went to to keep his mystery lady out of the public eye, it is difficult to assess the influence of her […]

The Spirit of Dickens yet to come

The Holy Grail in Drood studies is authority – anyone can provide a solution but in theory there is only one correct solution, the one that Dickens took to the grave. With the absence of the author, authority can be (and has been) sought in other ways, either by referring to the notes left by […]