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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Echo Library (12 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846370647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846370649
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,470,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wilkie Collins was born in London in 1824, the eldest son of the landscape painter William Collins. In 1846, having spent five years in the tea business, he was entered to read for the bar at Lincoln's Inn, where he gained the legal knowledge that was to give him much material for his writing.

From the early fifties, he was a friend of Charles Dickens, acting with him, contributing to Household Words, travelling with him on the Continent. Dickens produced and acted in two melodramas written by Collins, The Lighthouse (1855) and The Frozen Deep (1857).

Collins is best remembered for his novels, particularly The Woman in White (1860) and The Moonstone (1868), which T. S. Eliot called 'the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels'. His later, and at the time rather sensational, novels include The New Magdalen (1873) and The Law and The Lady (1875). Collins also braved the moral censure of the Victorian age by keeping two women (and their households) while marrying neither. He died in 1889.


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A popular and influential English novelist, dramatist, and short story writer, Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) was the son of a famous landscape painter, William Collins. Renowned for his sensational mysteries and romances, he is hailed as the inventor of the detective novel. Collins was a lawyer by training. Among his most famous works are The Woman in White (1860), The Moonstone (1867), and No Name (1862). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. Stoker on 8 Nov. 2010
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In this short novel we see Wilkie Collins in total control of his art. Father Benwell is a villain more sinister than Count Fosco precisely because he lacks the eccentricities of character. The story grips you right to the last page, it's full of surprising twists of plot and characters develop in wholly unexpected ways. Starting as a seeming ghost story, it becomes a battle for a man's soul, with good and bad characters on both sides. Each character is a believable individual with their own preoccupations, their own needs and desires. Simply stunning. Read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Biffo on 31 Jan. 2012
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I do not claim to be a literary expert and therefore my views are rather that of a layman but I do love Wilkie Collins books and his "big 4" were brilliant. His lesser works are perhaps not quite as good but this one is excellent. Superb characters, as always, and the villain of the piece just set my teeth on edge!!! Well written as always and a real page turner. I couldn't put it down.
Read it and enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2013
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First of all, I didn't know that Wilkie Collins was such a prolific author so I was delighted to find this for free on Kindle.

In my opinion it would seem that Wilkie Collins was violently anti-catholic particularly towards the Jesuits who are fanatical in trying to convert people to their faith.

The main characters in the book are Lewis Romayne, Stella Eyrecourt (soon to be his Wife), Bernard Winterton (once nearly married bigamously to the latter) and the odious Father Benwell who will stop at nothing to get hold of Romayne's family home, Vange Abbey, for the church.

This novel is a rather damning portrait of the Catholic Church and in particular the Jesuits.

This was a beautifully crafted piece of literature and one that I will probably re-read again sometime in the future.
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By Dogservant on 11 Feb. 2014
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I'm starting to read the Wilkie Collins books that I missed in my youth. I found this novel far more stilted & contrived, and didn't have the anticipation of discovering the conclusion to the plot. Interesting, but the only character I could warm to was Traveller, the dog! Grateful that it was free!
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Wilkie Collins' classic mysteries are so reflective of society in the era in which they were written. A great insight into the social etiquette holding women back in those times.
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By Richard Beck on 17 Sept. 2013
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Wilkie Collins is a great writer and this story does not disappoint. I like the story theme which is out of the ordinary and the characters are well cast and believable.
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By Dusty on 22 Aug. 2013
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As long as you appreciate the time it was written its a good read but not one of his best. Too much religious turmoil
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Wilkie Collins is one of the finest Victorian authors and all his reads are a delight of the English language and of a finely woven plot.
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