Henry Leffmann: Thoughts on the Drood Mystery

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re­mem­ber the ap­pear­ance of this novel in in­stall­ments at the time of its writ­ing and I re­call the gen­er­al in­ter­est that it awak­ened in this coun­try. Dick­ens' visit to us in 1842 had been fol­lowed by an ac­count of his trav­els and ob­ser­va­tions and by the in­tro­duc­tion of some Amer­i­can scenes into one of his nov­els. As he saw us in the later visit, great progress had been made; slav­ery had dis­ap­peared; the cities of the east­ern por­tion of the coun­try had in­creased in cul­ture and im­por­tance; and the na­tion had risen to the po­si­tion of one of the world pow­ers.

It was, ex­pect­ed, there­fore, by many Amer­i­cans that he would take oc­ca­sion, through the pages of a novel, to re­voke some of the harsh judg­ments he had pro­nounced upon us in the story of Mar­tin and Mark, as he had to­wards the Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty in his pre­sen­ta­tion of a char­ac­ter in "Our Mu­tu­al Friend." There were not want­ing some, though the num­ber was very few, who thought that per­haps the dis­ap­pear­ance of Edwin Drood was pre­lim­i­nary to shift­ing the scene for a time to the Unit­ed States, but the text of­fers no foun­da­tion for this view.

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