It has been said that for well sustained story interest and intriii cacy of plot, Wilkie Collins has no peer in English fiction and i the best examples of his genius are found in The Moonstone 4(issued with our first Comdie Humaine Series) and The Woman in White. Though ranking below his great contemporaries Thackeray, Dickens and George Eliot when one considers the tiigher reaches of the novelists art, as a story-tefler, pure and simple Collins outranks them all. Says Mr. Swinburne of one of his novels, Dickens never wrote and Thackeray never tried to write a story so excellent in construction and so persistent in its hold on the readers curiosity a curiosity amounting, in the case of the younger ana more impressible readers, to absolute.anxiety. The Woman in White, published in i860, made Col Hns sreputation as a novelist; and one of the characters in this remarkable I mystery story Count Fosco, an unctuous type of villain is thought by many to be his masterpiece of portraiture. The literary career of William Wilkie Collins (bom in 1824) coincides very nearly with the second half of the nineteenth cen tury. His first novel, A ntonina, was published in 1850, and Kfrom that date until his death in 1889 his stories followed one ;another in uninterrupted succession. The list of his more important publications, including several volumes of short stories, .comprises twenty-seven titles. His life, which was uneventful, was passed in his birthplace, London, with the exception of several periods of travel one of which (1873-4) was spent in the .U nited States.
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Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White is an early detective fiction. Walter Hartright's midngiht encounter with the woman in white draws him into kidnapping, intrigue and murder. The epistolary novel draws the reader in as you see everything unfolding from many view points. "Thus, the story here presented will be told by more than one pen, as the story of an offence against the laws is told in Court by more than one witness—with the same object, in both cases, to present the truth always in its most direct and most intelligible aspect; and to trace the course of one complete series of events, by making the persons who have been most closely connected with them, at each successive stage, relate their own experience, word for word."Product Description:
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 014119779X