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Wilkie Collins by Peter Ackroyd

Title Wilkie Collins
Author Peter Ackroyd
Publisher Nan A. Talese
Release 2015-10-06
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 272
ISBN 0385537409
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A gripping short biography of the extraordinary Wilkie Collins, author of The Moonstone and The Woman in White, two early masterpieces of mystery and detection. Short and oddly built, with a head too big for his body, extremely nearsighted, unable to stay still, dressed in colorful clothes, Wilkie Collins looked distinctly strange. But he was nonetheless a charmer, befriended by the great, loved by children, irresistibly attractive to women—and avidly read by generations of readers. Peter Ackroyd follows his hero, "the sweetest-tempered of all the Victorian novelists," from Collins' childhood as the son of a well-known artist to his struggling beginnings as a writer, his years of fame, and his lifelong friendship with that other great London chronicler, Charles Dickens. In addition to his enduring masterpieces, The Moonstone—often called the first true detective novel—and the sensational The Woman in White, he produced an intriguing array of lesser known works. Told with Ackroyd's inimitable verve, this is a ravishingly entertaining life of a great storyteller, full of surprises, rich in humor and sympathetic understanding.

Basil by Wilkie Collins

Title Basil
Author Wilkie Collins
Publisher 谷月社
Release 2015-11-06
Category Fiction
Total Pages 356
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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WHAT am I now about to write? The history of little more than the events of one year, out of the twenty-four years of my life. Why do I undertake such an employment as this? Perhaps, because I think that my narrative may do good; because I hope that, one day, it may be put to some warning use. I am now about to relate the story of an error, innocent in its beginning, guilty in its progress, fatal in its results; and I would fain hope that my plain and true record will show that this error was not committed altogether without excuse. When these pages are found after my death, they will perhaps be calmly read and gently judged, as relics solemnized by the atoning shadows of the grave. Then, the hard sentence against me may be repented of; the children of the next generation of our house may be taught to speak charitably of my memory, and may often, of their own accord, think of me kindly in the thoughtful watches of the night. Prompted by these motives, and by others which I feel, but cannot analyse, I now begin my self-imposed occupation. Hidden amid the far hills of the far West of England, surrounded only by the few simple inhabitants of a fishing hamlet on the Cornish coast, there is little fear that my attention will be distracted from my task; and as little chance that any indolence on my part will delay its speedy accomplishment. I live under a threat of impending hostility, which may descend and overwhelm me, I know not how soon, or in what manner. An enemy, determined and deadly, patient alike to wait days or years for his opportunity, is ever lurking after me in the dark. In entering on my new employment, I cannot say of my time, that it may be mine for another hour; of my life, that it may last till evening....

Title Letters of Charles Dickens to Wilkie Collins
Author Charles Dickens
Publisher
Release 1892
Category Electronic books
Total Pages 171
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This volume is a collection of correspondences between novelist Charles Dickens and his life-long friend Wilke Collins.

Title Catalogue of the Original Manuscripts by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins of The Frozen Deep and The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Dickens and Collins Two Poems by Dickens The Woman in White No Name Armandale Moonstone c c by Collins
Author Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge
Publisher
Release 1890
Category
Total Pages 16
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Wilkie Collins Best Novels by Wilkie Collins

Title Wilkie Collins Best Novels
Author Wilkie Collins
Publisher Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release 2017-06-27
Category
Total Pages 528
ISBN 9781548397098
Language English, Spanish, and French
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William Wilkie Collins (1824 - 1889) 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. In this book: The Moonstone The Woman in White

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Title The Moonstone
Author Wilkie Collins
Publisher Wordsworth Editions
Release 1993
Category Fiction
Total Pages 434
ISBN 9781853260445
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Moonstone, a priceless yellow diamond, is looted from an Indian temple and maliciously bequeathed to Rachel Verinder.

Title Delphi Complete Works of Wilkie Collins Illustrated
Author Wilkie Collins
Publisher Delphi Classics
Release 2013-11-17
Category Fiction
Total Pages 3491
ISBN 1908909064
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A pioneer of detective fiction, Wilkie Collins produced masterpieces like ‘The Woman in White’ and ‘The Moonstone’, establishing himself as the master of sensation fiction. Collins perfected the mystery story, producing countless classics that would have a lasting impact on the history of the novel. For the first time in publishing history, this comprehensive eBook presents Collins’ complete works, with numerous illustrations, many rare texts, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 5) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Collins’ life and works * Concise introductions to the novels and other texts * ALL 24 novels, with individual contents tables * Includes rare novels often missed out of collections * Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original Victorian texts * Excellent formatting of the texts * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories * Rare tales from periodicals and magazines, appearing here for the first time in digital publishing * Easily locate the short stories you want to read * Includes Collins’ rare plays – available in no other collection * Includes Collins’ non-fiction – spend hours exploring the author’s rare magazine essays and articles * Special biographical section, with essays and biographical pieces evaluating Collins’ literary and private life * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles CONTENTS: The Novels ANTONINA BASIL HIDE AND SEEK A ROGUE’S LIFE THE DEAD SECRET THE WOMAN IN WHITE NO NAME ARMADALE THE MOONSTONE MAN AND WIFE POOR MISS FINCH THE NEW MAGDALEN THE LAW AND THE LADY THE TWO DESTINIES THE HAUNTED HOTEL THE FALLEN LEAVES JEZEBEL’S DAUGHTER THE BLACK ROBE HEART AND SCIENCE “I SAY NO” THE EVIL GENIUS THE GUILTY RIVER THE LEGACY OF CAIN BLIND LOVE The Short Story Collections AFTER DARK THE QUEEN OF HEARTS MISS OR MRS.? AND OTHER STORIES IN OUTLINE THE FROZEN DEEP AND OTHER STORIES LITTLE NOVELS MISCELLANEOUS SHORT STORIES The Short Stories LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER The Plays THE FROZEN DEEP NO THOROUGHFARE BLACK AND WHITE NO NAME THE WOMAN IN WHITE THE NEW MAGDALEN MISS GWILT THE MOONSTONE The Non-Fiction MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE OF WILLIAM COLLINS ESQ, RA RAMBLES BEYOND RAILWAYS MY MISCELLANIES MISCELLANEOUS ESSAYS AND ARTICLES The Biographies WILKIE COLLINS’ CHARMS by Olive Logan MEN OF MARK: W. WILKIE COLLINS by Edmund Yates WILKIE COLLINS by William Teignmouth Shore Extracts from ‘MEMORIES OF HALF A CENTURY’ by Rudolph Chambers Lehmann Extracts from ‘LIFE OF CHARLES DICKENS’ by John Forster Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles or to purchase this eBook as a Parts Edition of individual eBooks

Wilkie Collins by Norman Page

Title Wilkie Collins
Author Norman Page
Publisher Psychology Press
Release 1995
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0415134641
Language English, Spanish, and French
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First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Title Wilkie Collins Women Property and Propriety
Author Philip O'Neill
Publisher Springer
Release 1988-06-18
Category Fiction
Total Pages 238
ISBN 1349089001
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Almost on the centenary of his death, this book studies the novels of Wilkie Collins and attempts to appreciate his representation of Victorian mores. It pays particular attention to Collins' views on sexuality, both male and female, and the laws concerning the distribution of property.

Wilkie Collins Medicine and the Gothic by Laurence Talairach-Vielmas

Title Wilkie Collins Medicine and the Gothic
Author Laurence Talairach-Vielmas
Publisher University of Wales Press
Release 2009-09-01
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1783163739
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book examines how Wilkie Collins’s interest in medical matters developed in his writing through exploration of his revisions of the late eighteenth-century Gothic novel from his first sensation novels to his last novels of the 1880s. Throughout his career, Collins made changes in the prototypical Gothic scenario. The aristocratic villains, victimized maidens and medieval castles of classic Gothic tales were reworked and adapted to thrill his Victorian readership. With the advances of neuroscience and the development of criminology as a significant backdrop to most of his novels, Collins drew upon contemporary anxieties and increasingly used the medical to propel his criminal plots. While the prototypical castles were turned into modern medical institutions, his heroines no longer feared ghosts but the scientist’s knife. This study hence underlines the way in which Collins’s Gothic revisions increasingly tackled medical questions, using the medical terrain to capitalize on the readers’ fears. It also demonstrates how Wilkie Collins’s fiction reworks Gothic themes and presents them through the prism of contemporary scientific, medical and psychological discourses, from debates revolving around mental physiology to those dealing with heredity and transmission. The book’s structure is chronological covering a selection of texts in each chapter, with a balance between discussion of the more canonical of Collins’s texts such as The Woman in White, The Moonstone and Armadale and some of his more neglected writings.

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