John Galazin: The Tragedy of Edwin Drood

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The Pen­guin Books edi­tion of The Mys­tery of Edwin Drood in­cludes a lengthy in­tro­duc­tion by noted nov­el­ist and Dick­ens schol­ar Angus Wil­son which con­cludes with:

In fact, all un­will­ing­ly, one is al­ways brought back to the sim­ple dis­tress that the book was not fin­ished. We could have known more had Queen Vic­to­ria only been more in­quis­i­tive. In March 1870, two months and a half be­fore his death, he (Dick­ens) had been re­ceived by the queen in an hour and a half pri­vate in­ter­view. He wrote af­ter­wards to his friend, Sir Arthur Helps, the Clerk of the Privy Coun­cil, ‘If Her Majesty should ever be suf­fi­cient­ly in­ter­est­ed in my tale to de­sire to know a lit­tle more of it in ad­vance of her sub­jects, you know how proud I shall be to an­tic­i­pate pub­li­ca­tion.’ Alas, she was not.

As it turns out Dick­ens wrote a lengthy and sin­cere thank you note to the queen, as was the cus­tom, and ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for the time she spent with him. He then en­closed a de­tailed sum­ma­ry of the re­main­der of Drood and with char­ac­ter­is­tic hu­mil­i­ty hoped that Her Majesty would enjoy know­ing the out­come of the story prior to pub­li­ca­tion.

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