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Wilkie Collins

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William Wilkie Collins was born in London in 1824, the eldest son of a successful painter, William Collins. He studied law and was admitted to the bar but never practiced his nominal profession, devoting his time to writing instead. His first published book was a biography of his father, his second a florid historical romance. The first hint of his later talents came with Basil (1852), a vivid tale of seduction, treachery, and revenge.

In 1851 Collins had met Charles Dickens, who would become his close friend and mentor. Collins was soon writing unsigned articles and stories for Dickens’s magazine, Household Words... Read More

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The Moonstone

Written by Wilkie Collins
Introduction by Carolyn G. Heilbrun


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $9.00

"The Moonstone is a page-turner," writes Carolyn Heilbrun. "It catches one up and unfolds its amazing story through the recountings of its several narrators, all of them enticing and singular." Wilkie Collins’s spellbinding tale of romance, theft, and murder inspired a hugely popular genre–the detective mystery. Hinging on the theft of... Read more >
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The Moonstone

Written by Wilkie Collins


Format: Hardcover, 472 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: December 15, 1992
Price: $23.00

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The Moonstone

Written by Wilkie Collins
Introduction by Carolyn G. Heilbrun


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 22, 2009
Price: $2.99

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The Woman in White

Written by Wilkie Collins


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 1991
Price: $24.00

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The Woman in White

Written by Wilkie Collins
Introduction by Anne Perry


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $10.00

Generally considered the first English sensation novel, The Woman in White features the remarkable heroine Marian Halcombe and her sleuthing partner, drawing master Walter Hartright, pitted against the diabolical team of Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde. A gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness, and mistaken identity, Collins’s psychological thriller has... Read more >
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The Woman in White

Written by Wilkie Collins


Format: Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: April 1, 1985
Price: $5.95

"There in the middle of the broad, bright high-road-there, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth or dropped from the heaven-stood the figure of a solitary woman, dressed from head to foot in white garments." Thus young Walter Hartright first meets the mysterious woman in white in... Read more >
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The Woman in White

Written by Wilkie Collins


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 26, 2008
Price: $1.99

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