Holmes and Drood

It’s a good time for Victorianists to be in London; after my visit to the British Library’s Gothic exhibition last week, which featured The Mystery of Edwin Drood among its collection, I then crossed town to visit the Museum of London for their exhibition on Sherlock Holmes. With Drood still on my mind from the …

First monthly number: case review

Today on the Drood Inquiry you can see the first part of our case notes – a graphic summary of the first monthly part and its main plot points (see http://www.droodinquiry.com/case_review/ ). At present of course our followers are all taking the opportunity to read the full text in its original instalments, but when the …

Call for Papers: “The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Solutions and Resolutions”

The Drood Inquiry, in partnership with the Victorian Popular Fiction Association, is happy to announce its forthcoming conference on 20 September 2014 at Senate House, London, and we warmly invite you to come along and have your say!              Charles Dickens’s last novel, unfinished as it is, has become a call to arms to a legion of fans, academics …

The first solution

When not fighting moral injustice, Dickens was having to fight pirates – no, sadly not the “ah-har Jim lad” variety, but literary pirates launching unauthorised versions of his tales while they were first appearing in print. All of Dickens’s novels were published initially in a serial format of either monthly or weekly instalments, which allowed plenty of …