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Wilkie Collins
William Wilkie Collins was an English novelist, playwright, and author of short stories. His best-known works are The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Armadale, and No Name. Collins was born into the family of painter William Collins in London. He received his early education at home from his... show more
William Wilkie Collins was an English novelist, playwright, and author of short stories. His best-known works are The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Armadale, and No Name.

Collins was born into the family of painter William Collins in London. He received his early education at home from his mother. He then attended an academy and a private boarding school. He also traveled with his family to Italy and France, and learned the French and Italian languages. He served as a clerk in the firm of the tea merchants Antrobus & Co. His first novel Iolani, or Tahiti as It Was; a Romance, was rejected by publishers in 1845. His next novel, Antonina, was published in 1850. In 1851 he met Charles Dickens, and the two became close friends. A number of Collins's works were first published in Dickens's journals All the Year Round and Household Words. The two collaborated on several dramatic and fictional works, and some of Collins's plays were performed by Dickens's acting company.

Collins published his best known works in the 1860s, achieving financial stability and an international reputation. During this time he began suffering from gout, and developed an addiction to opium, which he took (in the form of laudanum) for pain. He continued to publish novels and other works throughout the 1870s and 80s, but the quality of his writing declined along with his health.
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Birth date: 1824-01-08
Died: 1889-09-23
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Portable Mistletoe
Portable Mistletoe rated it 2 months ago
Because I read somewhere that The Moonstone was the first detective mystery novel, and because I’ve read very few mysteries not written in the last 50 years or so, I expected a different sort of book. I was looking for an early Poirot or Sherlock Holmes, and instead found it more like a romance with...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it 12 months ago
What can I say other than the book is worth the hype? I wasn't sure at the start; I listened to the audiobook version - which was excellently done - and Gabriel Betteredge's opening narrative is... trying. I loved his character the best and the narrator who played his part played it to the hilt...
Everything book related
Everything book related rated it 1 year ago
3.5 stars.An short and fun snifter mystery/romance. Unfortunately this book has some editing problems, and a couple of them are really irritating. That said, you can find MM books with worse editing problems out there. At least this one has an engaging story and no ultra stupid dialogues! :)
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 1 year ago
Anderson as a reader is rather interesting. At one point, I was like, "I'm not sure how I feel about this voice" and then I was like, "There it is". So, this is Collins' ghost story about a woman who may be haunted. It's a good ghost story, and unlike his contemporary, Dickens, Collins does wri...
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 1 year ago
My Square Markers: Black Kitty: Read but not called Black Vignette: Called but not read Black Kitty in Black Vignette: Read and Called Current Status of Spreadsheet: Books Read / Listened to - Update 1: Terry Pratchett: Equal Rites The first book of the Witches subseries and one of the e...
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