Drood Conference Update

We are very pleased to release the latest programme for our upcoming Drood conference on 20 September in Senate House, London: The Mystery of Edwin Drood Conference Programme In addition to a wide range of papers discussing both the book itself and its various afterlives, we can now announce a special Q&A panel with two writers […]

Fifth Monthly Part: ‘Full half a year had come and gone’

When we first commenced A Tale of Two Cities Week-by-Week, my first real experience in serial reading, I had various set opinions in my mind about how serialisation works. I expected the novel to tease, to set up regular cliff-hangers and build anticipation, for the sections to open and close at significant points and for […]

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 […]

Third Monthly Number June 1870

What is striking about this third monthly part is how much Dickens manages to pack into 32 pages and how much he demands from his readers. First of all the variety of tone and scene. We begin in Cloisterham, where the Rev Septimus tries to repair the damage Neville has done to his reputation by […]

Tomb Raiders

What primarily struck me about this instalment is the melancholy sense of stasis, wearisomeness, decrepitude and decomposition. It is tempting, but possibly facile, to read this tone as the sadness, or heightened sense of mortality, of an increasingly unwell, middle-aged man – a literary foreshadowing of the author’s impending death. Yet, this sense of a […]

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 […]