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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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The first chapter, titled "The Spinster and the Hijra: How Queers Save Heterosexual Marriage in Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White and The Moonstone," delineates a particularly powerful reading of these key Victorian Gothic novels.
In "An Anatomy of Suspense: The Pleasurable, Critical, Ethical, Erotic Middle of The Woman in White," Caroline Levine also furthers the book's purpose by examining a specific formal problem in the Wilkie Collins novel (suspense) through the lens of a nineteenth-century sociohistorical development (scientific epistemology).
It is, therefore, very welcome to see Laurence Talairach-Vielmas's new work on medical science (broadly conceived) in the fictions of Wilkie Collins. The strengths of Talairach-Vielmas's book are obvious: she deals with a specific and important set of scientific practices, an author central to the Victorian Gothic tradition, and the tropes of the genre of the Gothic as it evolves across several decades.
Wilkie Collins gave it a fresh new outing 80 years later realising that these elements would translate into the feverish world of the bourgeois mid-19th-century English family.
"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.
Many famous people stayed there including Charles Dickens, Charles Thackeray, William Wordsworth, Wilkie Collins and William Gladstone on his journeys between London and Liverpool.
An omission is Wilkie Collins's first published book, Memoirs of the Life of William Collins, Esq.
An entertaining story of personal transformation emerges in a pick especially recommended for college-level literary holdings already containing his better-known novels, who want to add depth to their treatment of Wilkie Collins.
Those familiar with the works of early mystery writers such as Wilkie Collins know that the path from the opening lines of such a novel to its denouement is long and winding.
Wilkie Collins' 1874 novel The Dead Alive is to be reissued at the request of Rob Warden, the executive director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University's law school.
Illegitimacy was a prominent political, social, and literary issue throughout the nineteenth century, and is a theme that the sensation novelist Wilkie Collins repeatedly returns to in his fiction.
"Woman" is adapted from the 1860 Wilkie Collins novel by Charlotte Jones ("Humble Boy") and has lyrics by David Zippel ("City of Angels").