The Narrative Significance of Dickens’ Death

Guest post by Camilla Hoel. Camilla completed her PhD on Edwin Drood and its solutions, and has since presented several conference papers, including one at the Drood Conference last year, exploring the way in which we have responded to Drood and its end. Part of the gloriously unfinished “Dickens’ Dream” by Robert William Buss (Dickens Museum). …

New Dickens letter found

Those clever folks over at the Dickens Museum have uncovered a previously unseen letter from Dickens to his lawyer Frederick Ouvry, dated 30 October 1869, detailing the terms of his contract for The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The letter has lain buried among a collection in the basement of the lawyer’s offices and was brought …

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 …

Illuming the Mystery of Edwin Drood?

Guest post by Karen Attar, Rare Books Librarian at Senate House Library. Senate House Library often provides small displays to support conferences. The Library scans lists of forthcoming SAS conferences to offer displays, where timing fits and it has relevant holdings, and sometimes conference organisers approach the Library to request displays. When the Edwin Drood …

The Death of the Author

On 9 June 1870 Charles Dickens died. We haven’t talked much about contemporary events so far in our readalong, but this is one that cannot be ignored, because at this moment The Mystery of Edwin Drood would change forever. What had been Dickens’s latest book now becomes his last book; a complete story in twelve parts transformed …