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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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A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
An early novel by Collins (though the introduction, in the Kindle version I read, indicated that this was a later edition that Collins had revised). It's also a shortish novel by Collins standards, so once the action gets going, it zips along at a fair pace. The opening chapters, admittedly, are slo...
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Wanda's Book Reviews rated it 2 months ago
The Moonstone, a yellow diamond looted from an Indian temple and believed to bring bad luck to its owner, is bequeathed to Rachel Verinder on her eighteenth birthday. That very night the priceless stone is stolen again and when Sergeant Cuff is brought in to investigate the crime, he soon realizes t...
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Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 3 months ago
Well, the third week really hit my bingo experience out of the ballpark this year -- and not only because it finished with my first completed bingo; that was actually just the icing on the cake. But it included no less than three absolutely knock-out fabulous books, plus a fourth that was almost as...
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 3 months ago
The Lady Detectives is a compilation of four full cast radio dramatizations of early Golden Age mysteries focusing on women detectives; not only pioneering works of detective fiction as such but works that give their women protagonists much greater agency than the majority of their female contempora...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
This is a fine old melodrama. It's really much too long and complicated to be easily adapted to a play (although Collins did so, apparently, to protect his rights). But there is decidedly something of the Victorian theatre in the easily contrasted main male characters, the wild coincidences, the spe...
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