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Works of Wilkie Collins

Works of Wilkie Collins [Kindle Edition]

Wilkie Collins , Charles Dickens
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The works of Wilkie Collins with active table of contents. Works include:

After Dark
Antonina or, The Fall of Rome
The Black Robe
Blind Love
The Dead Alive
The Evil Genius
A Fair Penitent
The Fallen Leaves
The Frozen Deep
The Guilty River
The Haunted Hotel
A Mystery of Modern Venice
Heart and Science
Hide and Seek
A House to Let
I Say No
Jezebel's Daughter
The Law and the Lady
The Legacy of Cain
Little Novels
Man and Wife
Biter Bit
Detective Story
Miss or Mrs?
The Moonstone
A Romance
My Lady's Money
An Episode in the Life of a Young Girl
The New Magdalen
No Name
No Thoroughfare
Poor Miss Finch
The Queen of Hearts
Rambles Beyond Railways;
or, Notes in Cornwall taken A-foot
A Rogue's Life
Mr. Lismore and the Widow
The Two Destinies
The Woman in White
The Traveler’s Story of a Terribly Strange Bed

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 16207 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: H&H Books (23 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great author; ebook so-so 21 Mar 2011
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I wanted to read a little known early book by Wilkie Collins called Rambles Beyond Railways an account of a walking tour in west Cornwall made in the middle of the 19th century. As it was included in this compilation I bought it that way. The individual work is a delight with chapters about Land's End and the Lizard and subjects such as the Botallack Mine and the Pilchard Fishery. The compilation is worth buying just for that.
In addition you have The Moonstone, The Woman in White and a host of other, mainly forgotten, works of Collins. There are many ebook compilations of author's works available and many, like this, advertise an 'active table of contents.' But that term seems to cover a host of sins. The fact is you can buy many collected works of authors like Shakespeare, Dickens, Hardy or Kipling that are navigable down to small units; to scenes, chapters or individual short stories. This compilation is not one of those. The 'Active Table of Contents' only takes you to the start of a given work. In the case of, for example, A Woman in White that is the start of a three volume blockbuster Victorian novel running to hundreds of pages. If you wish to go to a particular scene in the novel or if, when reading, you wish to look back at an earlier section and you have not put in your own highlight then this edition does not help you. Ok it's cheap and it's the whole works of Wilkie Collins but the publishers have made little effort and taken little thought in compiling it and it doesn't compare well with what some other publishers are doing, though unfortunately so far as I can see no one has done it yet for Wilkie Collins.
UPDATE February 2012 A search for Wilkie Collins complete editions will now show that better editions are available.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well formatted 7 Jun 2011
By RLTiow
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If you're a fan of Wilkie Collins then you won't need a review of the books. The important thing for this review is that the collection is complete and well-formatted.

If you're new to this author, he was a contemporary of Charles Dickens and writes in a similar style. Well worth an investigation - The Woman In White is a good place to start.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Collins at a low price--but a poor TOC. 16 Feb 2012
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[This review was revised on 06/07/12 and pertains specifically to the H&H edition--though some of the TOC issues I found in that version MAY also pertain to the Golgotha edition as well.]

To get so very many of Wilkie Collins' significant works for only a dollar is a good deal. I like his tales; they are descriptive and often creepy, deliberately-paced and well-crafted, entertaining and satisfying. In my pre-Kindle days I had spent many years trying to obtain WC's works, and I never did round up this many. But the more I actually used and read this particular ebook collection, the more dissatisfied I became, not with Collins, but with this particular edition of his works.

Access to specific items within it can be difficult and frustrating. The TOC does take you directly to the many titles listed, but this listing is an alphabetical mix of novels, several individual short stories and several volumes of collected short stories--but there is no indication as to which is which. With regard to the short story collections, the TOC only lists and leads you to the book titles, not to specific short stories within any of these books. Nor are these specific short story titles listed anywhere so can know what they are to search and locate them. For what it lists, the TOC works fine, but overall it is rather primitive. Another minor nuisance for those who wish to arrange their Kindle books alphabetically by author is that this will appear under "Wilkie" rather than "Collins." Nevertheless, all of Collins' novels EXCEPT "The Dead Secret" are included as well as (it seems) a great many short stories. So this set does offer a LOT of content for a very low price, but access to some of it can be difficult.

After a year with this set, I replaced it with the Delphi Complete Wilkie Collins Collection (for $2.99) because it offers more content, and specific short stories are much more readily accessible. For the occasional reader of Collins, or one who wishes to "try" him, or one for whom price is an issue, the H&H set is quite okay, but true fans of Wilkie Collins will probably prefer the Delphi set. [In the Kindle store searchbox type "Delphi Collins" to learn more about that set.] Whichever edition of Collins you choose to read, be prepared for some highly entertaining, Victorian thrills.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a bargain! 13 Sep 2013
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The Kindle version if this huge book is a small percentage of the price of a hard or soft cover copy. And in spite of its bulk, it doesn't weigh any more than my Kindle. Thank you.
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