The Woman in White
'In one momnet, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop... There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth...stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white' The Woman in White famously opens with Walter Hartright's eerie encounter on a moonlit... show more
'In one momnet, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop... There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth...stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white'
The Woman in White famously opens with Walter Hartright's eerie encounter on a moonlit London road. Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter becomes embroiled in the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his 'charming' friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for white mice, vanilla bonbons and poison. Pursuing questions of identity and insanity along the paths and corridors of English country houses and the madhouse, The Woman in White is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with pyschological realism.
Matthew Sweet's introduction explores the phenomenon of Victorian 'sensation' fiction, and discusses Wilkie Collins's biographical and societal influences. Included in this edition are appendices on theatrical adaptations of the novel and its serialisation history.
Publish date: 29-04-2003
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 672
Edition language: English
(Original Review, 1981-01-25)Beauty is completely subjective, and in Victorian times when this novel was written, the ideal of beauty was extremely different to what we would consider attractive now. Blond, blue eyed, curly hair and very pale was considered lovely. Women went to incredible lengths t...
Come i lettori che dal 26 novembre 1859 al 25 agosto 1860 seguirono ammaliati le vicende de “La donna in bianco” uscite a puntate sulla rivista “All the Year Round” dell’amico e collega di Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, altrettanto fanno i lettori di oggi. Il segreto del fascino narrativo lo svelò...
As BrokenTune mentioned in her review here, this was a buddy read we did together after discovering we had each bought the exact same edition in charity shops on opposite sides of the world. Thank goodness I had her to buddy read with, because I'm not sure I'd have finished it otherwise, and that w...
At the ripe age of sixty, I make this unparalleled confession. Youths! I invoke your sympathy. Maidens! I claim your tears. So finally, finally I got around to reading the classic that is The Woman in White. Many thanks to Murder by Death for being my reading buddy. It certainly helped me to susta...
I really loved this book. It has hit all the right spots with me and there isn´t a single thing that bothered me, which would make my star rating be any less than five stars. The intricate plot is meticulously crafted and the characters are the most memorable I have ever encountered in a book. There...