Wilkie Collins

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Nan A. Talese

ISBN: 0385537409

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 2031


A gripping short biography of the extraordinary Wilkie Collins, author of The Moonstone and The Woman in White, two early masterpieces of mystery and detection. Short and oddly built, with a head too big for his body, extremely nearsighted, unable to stay still, dressed in colorful clothes, Wilkie Collins looked distinctly strange. But he was nonetheless a charmer, befriended by the great, loved by children, irresistibly attractive to women—and avidly read by generations of readers. Peter Ackroyd follows his hero, "the sweetest-tempered of all the Victorian novelists," from Collins' childhood as the son of a well-known artist to his struggling beginnings as a writer, his years of fame, and his lifelong friendship with that other great London chronicler, Charles Dickens. In addition to his enduring masterpieces, The Moonstone—often called the first true detective novel—and the sensational The Woman in White, he produced an intriguing array of lesser known works. Told with Ackroyd's inimitable verve, this is a ravishingly entertaining life of a great storyteller, full of surprises, rich in humor and sympathetic understanding.

The Moonstone

Author: Wilkie Collins

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781853260445

Category: Fiction

Page: 434

View: 4072


The Moonstone, a priceless yellow diamond, is looted from an Indian temple and maliciously bequeathed to Rachel Verinder.

The Wilkie Collins Omnibus

Author: Wilkie Collins

Publisher: Serapis Classics

ISBN: 396255646X

Category: Fiction

Page: 2751

View: 6383


The Serapis Classics edition of "The Wilkie Collins Omnibus" contains 13 FULL-LENGTH NOVELS from the master of literature himself! Masterpieces included in our Omnibus: The Woman in White, The Moonstone, After Dark, The Haunted Hotel, The Law and the Lady, Poor Miss Finch, The Queen of Hearts, The Black Robe, The Frozen Deep, My Lady's Money, Hide and Seek, The New Magdalen, & Basil.

Wilkie Collins: Women, Property and Propriety

Author: Philip O'Neill

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349089001

Category: Fiction

Page: 238

View: 5261


Almost on the centenary of his death, this book studies the novels of Wilkie Collins and attempts to appreciate his representation of Victorian mores. It pays particular attention to Collins' views on sexuality, both male and female, and the laws concerning the distribution of property.

Wilkie Collins, Medicine and the Gothic

Author: Laurence Talairach-Vielmas

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 1783163739

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

View: 1989


This book examines how Wilkie Collins’s interest in medical matters developed in his writing through exploration of his revisions of the late eighteenth-century Gothic novel from his first sensation novels to his last novels of the 1880s. Throughout his career, Collins made changes in the prototypical Gothic scenario. The aristocratic villains, victimized maidens and medieval castles of classic Gothic tales were reworked and adapted to thrill his Victorian readership. With the advances of neuroscience and the development of criminology as a significant backdrop to most of his novels, Collins drew upon contemporary anxieties and increasingly used the medical to propel his criminal plots. While the prototypical castles were turned into modern medical institutions, his heroines no longer feared ghosts but the scientist’s knife. This study hence underlines the way in which Collins’s Gothic revisions increasingly tackled medical questions, using the medical terrain to capitalize on the readers’ fears. It also demonstrates how Wilkie Collins’s fiction reworks Gothic themes and presents them through the prism of contemporary scientific, medical and psychological discourses, from debates revolving around mental physiology to those dealing with heredity and transmission. The book’s structure is chronological covering a selection of texts in each chapter, with a balance between discussion of the more canonical of Collins’s texts such as The Woman in White, The Moonstone and Armadale and some of his more neglected writings.

Wilkie Collins, Vera Caspary and the Evolution of the Casebook Novel

Author: A.B. Emrys

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786485035

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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Wilkie Collins was one of the most popular novelists during England’s Victorian era. While Collins scholarship has often focused on social issues, this critical study explores his formal ingenuity, particularly the novel of testimony constructed from epistolary fiction, trial reports and prose monologue. His innovations in form were later mirrored by Vera Caspary, who adapted The Woman in White three times into contemporary fiction. This text explores how the formal dialogue between Collins and Caspary has linked sensation fiction with noir thrillers and film noir.

A Study Guide for Wilkie Collins's "The Moonstone"

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410353028

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 25

View: 1976


A Study Guide for Wilkie Collins's "The Moonstone," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins - Delphi Classics (Illustrated)

Author: Wilkie Collins

Publisher: Delphi Classics

ISBN: 178877082X

Category: Fiction

Page: 114

View: 8997


This eBook features the unabridged text of ‘The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins - Delphi Classics (Illustrated)’ from the bestselling edition of ‘The Complete Works of Wilkie Collins’. Having established their name as the leading publisher of classic literature and art, Delphi Classics produce publications that are individually crafted with superior formatting, while introducing many rare texts for the first time in digital print. The Delphi Classics edition of Collins includes original annotations and illustrations relating to the life and works of the author, as well as individual tables of contents, allowing you to navigate eBooks quickly and easily. eBook features: * The complete unabridged text of ‘The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins - Delphi Classics (Illustrated)’ * Beautifully illustrated with images related to Collins’s works * Individual contents table, allowing easy navigation around the eBook * Excellent formatting of the textPlease visit www.delphiclassics.com to learn more about our wide range of titles