The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  • Andrew Sanders

Abstract

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

Keywords

Fatigue Dust Depression Amid Explosive 

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Notes

  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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