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 birth certificate does not include the middle name 'Stewart', nor does her baptism record. She adopted the middle name later.
See also Georgina and her Sisters.
In the 1871 census, Edith's profession is given as 'Author'.
In the 1881 census, living at her father's house, 1 Westbury Terrace, unmarried; 'Author Novelist & Press Writer'.
In the 1891 census at 86, Southampton Row, parish of St. George, Bloomsbury:
|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|
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 also has Ina Leon Cassilis, Aimée Stewart, and Laurie Lansfeldt at 250, Portsdown.
In 1918 & 1919 the Electoral Registers have Edith and Laurie Lansfeldt at 250, Portsdown.
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 is mentioned in 'The London journal 1845-83' by Andrew King.
("This book is the first full-length study of one of the most widely read publications of nineteenth-century Britain, the London Journal, over a period when mass-market reading in a modern sense was born.")
Some famous authors wrote for 'The London Journal'. Included in the list of contributors is Ina Leon Cassilis (Edith's sister Georgina).
'For somebody's sake': A novel. By Edith Stewart Drewry, ... In three volumes
By Edith Stewart Drewry
Published by F.V. White & Co., 31, Southampton Street, Strand, W.C., 1890
'A death-ring' by Edith Stewart Drewry, published by Maxwell, 1890
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."
Title : "Baptized with a Curse" - Author: Drewry, Edith S.
Also found in 'The FictionMags Index':
'A Dangerous Bouquet', (ss) The Novelette #23 1878
'Under the Threshold', (sl) The Novelette #7, #8 1878
and in Posted_Ghosts: 'The Black Pointer', by Elizabeth(?) Stewart Drewry 8/19/05
Quote from Google's description of Authentic performance in theatrical women's fiction of the 1870s: "Off the Stage (1879), Florence Marryat’s My Sister the Actress (1881), and Edith Stewart Drewry’s Only An Actress (1883) subsequently constitute intriguing ..."
Baptized with a Curse: A Novel. 3 volumes. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1870.
On Dangerous Ground: A Novel. 3 volumes. London: White, 1883.
Only an Actress. 3 volumes. London: White, 1883.
[A review in the Morning Post, Nov, 1883]
An advert in The London Journal (LXVIII:368): "Series of tales within a frame narrative - thestories are by Clementine Montagu, James Grant, Pierce Egan, and the Author of 'A Wife's Honour' [Edith Stewart Drewry]."
Read Some of Her Stories:
Birth: Mar 1841, Kensington, 3, 280
Death: Dec 1925, Drewry Edith, age: 84, Paddington 1a 1