The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Dickens last novel that he was only halfway through before he died of a stroke in 1870. He left no clues of who killed the protagonist in the story, but, over the years, people have imagined their own endings to this book.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A disorder this great literary superstar suffered through. Dickens was constantly preoccupied with looking in the mirror to comb his hair about 100 times a day. If his furniture in his home wasn’t in the exact, “correct” position, he would rearrange it because he couldn’t concentrate. These are just a few of his obsessive quirks.
June 10, 1865: On this day, Dickens was traveling home from France when his train derailed while crossing a bridge. Seven of the eight first class carriages dropped into the river, except the one Dickens was in. He climbed out of his carriage, found a conductor, obtained a key, and then freed his friends. He then went on to rescue those in the wrecked cars below. After the rescue was over, Dickens climbed back in and retrieved the installment of Our Mutual Friend. His rescue efforts were kept secret and out of the public eye because he was traveling with someone other than his wife.
Insomnia: The reason Dickens always slept facing north. He believed it would help him sleep better. He would carry a compass with him while traveling and move his bed around so he could be aligned correctly. Also, while writing, he liked to face north because he believed it aided his creativity.
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