The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  • Andrew Sanders


The Dickens who began The Mystery of Edwin Drood in October 1869 had for some time struck his friends as a dying man. Edmund Yates saw him in the previous April at Leeds lying exhausted on a sofa in his hotel after a particularly taxing public reading and was shocked by his changed appearance:

He looked desperately aged and worn; the lines in his cheeks and round the eyes, always noticeable, were now deep furrows; there was a weariness in his gaze, and a general air of fatigue and depression about him.1


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  1. 4.
    W. H. Bowen, Charles Dickens and his Family (Cambridge, 1956) pp. 137 ff.Google Scholar
  2. Paul A. Welsby, Rochester Cathedral in the Time of Charles Dickens (Rochester, 1976).Google Scholar

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© Andrew Sanders 1982

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