Edith Stewart Drewry
12th Jan 1841 - 30th Sep 1925
12th Jan 1841
Born in 11, Cambridge St., Hyde Park, London.
19th May 1841
Baptised in Paddington, London.
30th Sep 1925
Died in Paddington, London.
Edith's Birth Certificate
Edith's Baptism Record
Edith's birth certificate does not include the middle name 'Stewart', nor does her baptism record.
She must have adopted the middle name later.
See also Georgina and her Sisters.
In the 1871 census, aged 30, living in her father's house at 16, Cottage Road, Paddington, Edith's profession is 'Author'.
In the 1881 census, unmarried, living in her father's house, 1 Westbury Terrace, her profession is 'Author Novelist & Press Writer'.
In the 1891 census Edith is living with her sister, Laurentia at 86, Southampton Row, in the parish of St. George, Bloomsbury.
They own a house and are able to share it with the Bristow family.
|Edith Stewart Drewry||Head||Single||50||Author, Novelist||b. Paddington, London|
|Laurentia Drewry||Sister||Single||44||Author, Novelist, Press Corrector||b. Kensington, London|
|William Bristow||Lodger||Mar.||62||House Painter & Decorator||b. London|
|Elizabeth Bristow||Wife Of Lodger|
|Mar.||63||In Service as Housekeeper||b. Croydon, Surrey|
|Mary Anne Bristow||Daughter||Single||23||Milliner||b. Paddington, London|
|Eliza Agatha Bristow||Daughter||Single||20||Dressmaker||b. Paddington, London|
Bloomsbury, in the following decade, becomes famous as the home of the 'Bloomsbury Group'.
While the sisters are not recorded as members of the Bloomsbury Set, it is linteresting to note that they were authors and and neighbours..
In 1897 the Electoral Registers have Edith Stewart Drewry and Laurentia Drewry at 108 Southampton Row (Bloomsbury Polling District).
In 1898 - 1903 the Electoral Registers have Edith and Laurentia at 2, Queen Square, Islington.
In the 1901 census at 2, Queen Square, St Andrew Holborn above the Bars and St George the Martyr:
|Edith S Drewry||Head||Single||60||Novelist||b. London|
|Laurentia Drewry||Sister||Single||54||Novelist||b. London|
|Elizabeth Jackson||Servant||Widow||48||Servant Domestic||b. Gravesend, Kent|
In 1902, Edith is the only member of our Drewry family with her name in the London Post Office phone book.
In 1905 - 1908 the Electoral Registers have Edith and Laurentia at 99, Camberwell Grove, Dulwich.
In the 1911 census at 250 Portsdown Road, Maida Vale:
|Edith Stewart Drewry||Single||70||Novelist||b. Paddington, London|
|Caroline Thomas||Servant||Single||48||General Servant Domestic||b. Shoreditch London|
The 1911 census actually has the four Drewry sisters living at 250, Portsdown Road.
They each make separate census entries
Edith is the only one giving her name as Drewry.
The others (possibly illegally) present themselves as: Ina Leon Cassilis (Georgina), Aimée Stewart (Emily), and Laurie Lansfeldt (Laurentia).
In 1918 & 1919 the Electoral Registers have Edith and Laurie Lansfeldt at 250, Portsdown.
In the 1921 census at 250 Portsdown Road, Maida Vale:
|Edith Stewart Drewry||Head||Single||80yrs 8mths||Novelist (Retired)||b. Paddington, London|
|Laurentia Drewry||Sister||Single||74yrs 8mths||Novelist||b. Paddington, London|
|Caroline Thomas||Servant||Single||59yrs 7mths||General Domestic Servant||b. Shoreditch, London|
In 1922, Edith Stewart Drewry, Laurie Lansfeldt, Aimée Stewart and 'Eva Leah Cassilis' are registered at 250, Portsdown.
In 1924, Edith Stewart Drewry, Laurie Lansfeldt, Aimée Stewart and Ina Leon Cassilis are registered at 250, Portsdown.
Edith the Author
"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. ." [Source]
In 'The London Journal, 1845-83' Andrew King writes:
"The following year , Edith Stewart Drewry, two of whose novels had already been published in the Family Herald, became a regular serialist, although she was only ever identified through bylines."
The London Journal was one of the most widely read publications of nineteenth-century Britain, in "a period when mass-market reading in a modern sense was born. "
Some famous authors wrote for 'The London Journal'. Note that included in the list of contributors, alongside Edith's name, is Ina Leon Cassilis (her sister Georgina).
"The writers discussed range from Catherine Gore and Anna Jameson at the beginning of the period, through Dinah Mulock Craik, Charlotte Yonge and Mary Braddon to Florence Marryat, Edith Stewart Drewry and Charlotte Riddell in the early 1880s."
Baptized with a Curse: A Novel. 3 volumes. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1870. [victorianresearch.org]
A Wife’s Temptation, [By the Author of Fairy’s Wedding, Edith Stewart Drewry]; The London Journal, 1877 [source]
A Name For A Life, [By the Author of A Wife’s Honour, A Strange Retribution, &c. Edith Stewart Drewry], The London Journal, 1878 [source]
Ellinor Leigh, The London Journal, 1878 [source]
A Dangerous Bouquet, (ss) The Novelette #23 1878 [source]
Under the Threshold, (sl) The Novelette #7, #8 1878 [source]
A Prize Worth Winning, The London Journal, 1879 [source]
Time Shall Try, The London Journal, 1879 [source]
The Lost Girl, The London Journal, 1879-80 [source]
At Beauty’s Bar, The London Journal, 1880 [source]
Trial And Temptation, The London Journal, 1880-81 [source]
That Is The Man, 07 December 1881 , Northampton Chronicle and Echo
A Death Ring by Edith Stewart Drewry, 2 vol. London: W.H. Moor and Co., 1881. [victorianresearch.org]
The Mistake of a Tragedy, The London Journal, 1882 [source]
For More Than a Life, The London Journal, 1883 [source]
Only an Actress, 3 volumes. London: White, 1883. [See a review in the Morning Post, Nov, 1883]
On Dangerous Ground: A Novel. 3 volumes. London: White, 1883.[victorianresearch.org]
Mysterious Visitant, Chapter 1, published: Friday 21 September 1888
On Information Received, Belgravia Annual, 1889 [source]
For somebody's sake: A novel. ... In three volumes. Published by F.V. White & Co., 1890. 230 pages.
That Odd Red Mark, Belgravia Annual, 1890 [source]
A Californian Story, 1891 [source]
A Twin-Identity, Belgravia Annual, 1891 [source]
The Black Pointer, Belgravia Annual, 1892 [source]
Once Too Often, Belgravia Annual, 1893 [source]
The Last Patient. Published: Monday 22 May 1893
The Strange Office of a Pin, 1893
Alf, 1894 [source]
The Engine Driver's Story, Tuapeka Times, 1894 [source]
Ricochet, Belgravia Annual, 1894 [source]
The Dancing Doll, Evening Express, 1894 [source]
Life's Charge, 1895 - Serial Story
By Some Person Unknown, A novel. Published: Tuesday 27 August 1895
The Squire's Diamonds, Published: Friday 27 September 1895
Fred Alford’s Partner, Belgravia Annual, 1895 [source]
The Last Boat in the Lock, 1895
That Next Room Tenant, North Wales Observer, 1897 [source]
Thhe Case of number Six, North Wales Observer, 1898 - "The woman was dead—there could be no mistake about it, and the doctor and night nurse stood by the bedside in the hospital ward, looking down on the poor, motionless form, then at each other, ..."
The Black Pointer, by Elizabeth(?) Stewart Drewry 8/19/05 [Posted_Ghosts]
Glitter and True Gold Published: Saturday 03 May 1902
In Cruel Bondage Published: Friday 05 December 1902
Twice Confessed Published: Monday 18 December 1905
The Eighth Man Published: Saturday 08 June 1935
Read Some of Edith's Writing:
Two images from Edith's novels:
Birth: Mar 1841, Kensington, 3, 280
Death: Dec 1925, Drewry Edith, age: 84, Paddington 1a 1