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 …

The other 1870 mystery: Thomas Hardy’s Desperate Remedies

You never know where Drood studies will take you. I was reading a 1973 article by George Wing last week comparing Dickens’s mystery story to Thomas Hardy’s mystery story. Stop the press – Thomas Hardy wrote a mystery story? Obviously, in the name of research, I had to go and check this out. Desperate Remedies, Hardy’s first …

Of Serials, Killers, and Sensation

I feel I should begin with an apology to Pete for being late with my blog post. Not as late as Dickens was with the seventh installment of Edwin Drood of course, but then he did have a really good excuse. Part of the reason for my tardiness is that I’ve recently returned from the …

The sincerest form of flattery – Morford’s Collins-Dickens hybrid

Dickens was dead, and Drood was unfinished, with audiences clambering to know the ending while the publishers Chapman and Hall were denying the reader’s quest for closure. Their frank (and ultimately incorrect) statement at the end of the sixth number that ‘Beyond the clues therein afforded to its conduct or catastrophe, nothing whatever remains’ left …