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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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It is, therefore, very welcome to see Laurence Talairach-Vielmas's new work on medical science (broadly conceived) in the fictions of Wilkie Collins.
Hyder, University of Kansas, 1939, PMLA, 54 (1939), 297-303; 'Mr Wilkie Collins At Home', John Bull, December 29th 1877; 'How I Write My Books', The Ladies' Treasury: A Household Magazine, November 1st, 1988.
In this creepy intertextual tale of professional jealousy and possible madness, Wilkie Collins tells of his friendship and rivalry with Charles Dickens, and of the mysterious phantasm named Edwin Drood, who pursues them both.
Really Useful White Company, Lawrence Horowitz/Jon Avnet, Ralph Guild/Bill Rollnick, Bernie Abrams/Michael Speyer, Clear Channel Entertainment/PIA presentation of a musical in two acts, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by David Zippel, book by Charlotte Jones, based on the novel by Wilkie Collins.
14) Tamar Heller, Dead Secrets: Wilkie Collins and the Female Gothic (Yale U.
For Wilkie Collins, the Carmelite convent provides "a romance which we may still study, of a mystery which is of our own time" (144).
Unequal Partners: Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Victorian Authorship.
This is a work of exemplary scholarship which offers an admirably full account of the professional working relationship between Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins as collaborative writers, to which all future students of either author will want to return over and again, as an indispensible framework for thinking about this subject.
La tentacion de hacer un poco de historia no esta ausente en Mascara negra, Crimen y poder, ya que encontramos informacion sobre La piedra lunar (1868), de Wilkie Collins, y sobre El caso Lerouge (1866), de Emile Gaborieu, novelas que se disputan la paternidad del genero.
9 'Mr Wilkie Collins in Gloucester Place', in Edmund Yates, Celebrities at Home (London, 1879), 145-56.
Schmidt's achievement, if not as great as Joyce's, is certainly more prodigious: twenty novels and novellas, dozens of short stories, two literary biographies, nearly two dozen translations of authors ranging from James Fenimore Cooper and Wilkie Collins to William Faulkner and mystery writer Stanley Ellin, and six volumes of some of the liveliest and most innovative literary criticism I've ever read (which exists in translation in manuscript only at this time).
This engendered a tradition of essayists, such as Wilkie Collins, Orwell, Leavis, and Hoggart, reflecting on the phenomenon, and this, in its turn, gave rise to more systematic surveys during the twentieth century.