Coming of age in Drood (1): The Child

Dickens turns 203 on Saturday (that’s a lot of candles), which prompted me to consider in turn the depiction of age and growing up in Drood. Usually when discussions are held on the child in Dickens, critics turn to noted bildungsromans such as David Copperfield and Great Expectations, or the child protagonists of Oliver Twist …

The Gothic Imagination and Edwin Drood

There I was, taking time off to visit the excellent Gothic exhibition at the British Library, when who should I bump into but Edwin Drood (interestingly, not one of the voters on The Drood Inquiry has suggested he might be found there). The inclusion of Drood among the impressive collection of Gothic literature and culture …