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(William Wilkie Collins), 1824–89, English novelist. Although trained as a lawyer, he spent most of his life writing. He produced some 30 novels, the best known of which are two mystery stories, The Woman in White (1860) and The Moonstone (1868). Considered the first full-length detective novels in English and among the best of their genre, these two works also helped to define the genre of literary melodrama that peaked at the end of the 19th cent. Collins's heroines and his female villains are drawn with considerable clarity and sympathy and are usually the strongest characters in his novels. He was a close friend of DickensDickens, Charles,
1812–70, English author, b. Portsmouth, one of the world's most popular, prolific, and skilled novelists. Early Life and Works

The son of a naval clerk, Dickens spent his early childhood in London and in Chatham.
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, in whose periodical Household Words many of Collins's novels first appeared. Collins also wrote short stories, travel books, essays, and plays.


See his letters, ed. by W. Baker and W. M. Clarke (2 vol., 1999); biographies by W. M. Clarke (1988), C. Peters (1993), M. Klimaszewski (2011), and P. Ackroyd (2015); studies by M. P. Davis (1956), W. H. Marshall (1970), N. Page (1974), and S. Lonoff (1982).

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When, in 1873, Frederick Chapman asked Wilkie Collins to identify his contributions to 'No Thoroughfare' (1867) that they might be omitted from future editions of Dickens's work, he declared the task impossible and explained, 'We put the story together in the Swiss chalet at Gad's Hill, and we finished the Fourth Act side by side at two desks in his bedroom at Gad's Hill' (quoted p.
Wilkie Collins echoes Haslam's findings in his semi-fictional account of Ezra Jennings, the opium addict, in The Moonstone (1868): "The action of opium is comprised, in the majority of cases, in two influences--a stimulating influence first, and a sedative influence afterwards.
Penned by Charles Dickens' friend Wilkie Collins, at its heart is a tale of the lengths that some people will go to for money, bolstered, in this instance, by a case of mistaken identities.
The area north of Oxford Circus is littered with them, commemorating such notables as Michael Farraday, Simon Bolivar, Wilkie Collins and Edward Lear.
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Our favorite classics were To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, and Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
1824: Wilkie Collins, English pioneer of the detective and suspense story, was born in London.
from the sensational, ruthless and demonic figures of texts like Charles Johnson's A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates (1724) to the benign and even humorous pirates who appear by the middle of the nineteenth century in works by the likes of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins.
TODAY is the 152nd anniversary of the visit of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins to the St Leger and the 31st anniversary of my visit to Vic's betting shop in Wooburn Green to pick up what I'd won after backing Julio Mariner ante-post, at 66-1, for the 1978 St Leger.
Meanwhile, Dickens' bosom buddy, Wilkie Collins, invented the modern detective novel with his polished pot-boiler, The Moonstone.
Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) may be known to readers for having been a leading 19th century British novelist who, among other writings, composed the first detective story, entitled "The Woman In White", in 1860.