3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Wilkie Collins: A Life of Sensation (Hardcover)
This is a very well researched and comprehensive biography of the writer and the man.
I found it rather too forgiving about his attitudes to the women in his life, we are told that he was liberal in his attitudes to the opposite sex, but the casual cruelty in keeping his secret mistresses and children without position or stability in Victorian Britain smacks of having his cake and eating it. He gets to keep his very enjoyable bachelor existence with family life ready and waiting when he feels the need for it, especially when he needs a secretary, hostess or nurse. The book retains a quite masculine view point Rosina Bulwer-Lytton is dismissed as "estranged and unstable" p86 where a more feminist reading of her might be-as stable as a women abused by her sadistic and domineering husband could be.
I also found it a bit repetitive in telling the story of the publication of every novel in quite a bit of detail, although I appreciate that in his research the author would have had more evidence of this part of Collins' life and less of his private thoughts about his family.