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The Two Destinies (Dodo Press) [Paperback]

Wilkie Collins
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30 Nov 2007 1406583073 978-1406583076
William Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and writer of short stories. He was hugely popular in his time, and wrote 27 novels, more than 50 short stories, at least 15 plays, and over 100 pieces of non-fiction work. His best-known works are The Woman in White (1860), The Moonstone (1868), Armadale (1866) and No Name (1862). His works were classified at the time as 'sensation novels', a genre seen nowadays as the precursor to detective fiction and suspense fiction. He also wrote penetratingly on the plight of women and on the social and domestic issues of his time. His novel, No Name combined social commentary - the absurdity of the law as it applied to children of unmarried parents - with a densely-plotted revenge thriller. Amongst his other works are: Basil (1852), Hide and Seek (1854), After the Dark (1856), The Frozen Deep (1857), The Queen of Hearts (1859), Man and Wife (1870), The New Magdalen (1873), The Law and the Lady (1875), The Two Destinies (1876), and A Rogue's Life (1879).

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dodo Press (30 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406583073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406583076
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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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), and The Moonstone (1867), and No Name (1862). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Wilkie Collins below his best 18 April 2012
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This Collins' novel deals more than usually with the supernatural and stretches coincidence beyond all normal limits. The characters are less well drawn than usual. When all is said and done, though, Collins is never less than readable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Whoops! Product description does not mention it is incomplete 6 Nov 2011
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I love this novel and ordered it for my mom. The price was high enough [exorbitant] for a paperbound book that I thought that the novel would be complete. The product description says NOTHING about it being one volume of a complex work. It is one volume, not the complete work, I was embarrassed to discover from my mom. Where is the rest of the work? NOT AVAILABLE? Available for an additional [exorbitant] sum? If it had been an order for myself, I would return, but my mom is 3,000 miles away and I do not want to add insult to injury by asking her to pack and return ship, so injustice has been rewarded.
3.0 out of 5 stars Her or his story? 17 July 2011
By Jorge Frid - Published on
When you start the book you'll expect to read Mary's story. You'll know her story but you'll just read here and there from her. You'll know HIS complete and utterly story but none everything of her's. The love story is thrilling in some parts and boring at some points. You would read the same story with a different spell about many times. If you have this in mind you could like the story more than I do.
1.0 out of 5 stars Looks like it was Printed on a cheap broken down Printer 3 Aug 2007
By Deborah Klein - Published on
Ok.. I Love the story.. it is a beautiful romance .. I read it on-line and I wanted my own copy for that cold rainy night get-away. when It arrived I couldn't wait to open it. just to touch the words.. and then Put it in my bookshelf for a perfect night.... WHAT A SHOCK when I opened it to see the POOR PRINTING JOB ... on some of the pages even the lines are askew. black blotches around the words in some cases. and choppy letters not even fully formed on others... WHAT A VAST DISSAPOINTMENT. SHAME ON AMAZON!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It goes on and on and on 19 Feb 2000
By Francine Smith - Published on
This is a well written book that just won't stop. You see the end from about page 20, but it keeps on with the story anyway. It's romance pure and simple. No complicated subplots. By about page 50, you feel like yelling "What are you, blind" to the two major characters. Alas they are. Read it if you like a good love affair. I don't.
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