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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Edith Stewart Drewry

Author: Edith Stewart Drewry (1841–1925)

Biography: Edith Stewart Drewry was born in 1841 in London, the daughter of barrister Charles Stewart Drewry and Laurentia Buschman. Her father began his working life as an engineer and wrote the first textbook in English on suspension bridges (1832) before turning to the law and writing a number of works on legal subjects. He clearly passed writing abilities to his four daughters: Edith, Georgina, Laurentia, and Emily. Edith, the eldest, began writing at a young age and wrote her first novel, Baptized with a Curse, in 1870, following it with four more. In addition, she serialized fiction in many periodicals, including Belgravia, The Family Herald, and The London Journal. For a time she wrote musical reviews for the Musical Standard from 1874 to 1880. She never married and lived most of her life with one or more of her sisters. Drewry died in 1925 in London.

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References: Allibone; pers inf (Tony Drewry)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Baptized with a Curse: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Tinsley Brothers, 1870.
  2. Sworn Foes, and The Skeleton on the Hearth.  1 vol.  London: William Stevens, 1879.
  3. A Death Ring.  2 vol.  London: W.H. Moor and Co., 1881.
  4. On Dangerous Ground: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: F. V. White, 1883.
  5. Only an Actress: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: F. V. White, 1883.
  6. For Somebody's Sake: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: F. V. White, 1890.