Wilkie Collins

Book Review: Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins by Alexander Grinstein is a fascinating and insightful book about the life and works of one of the most influential authors of the 19th century. As a reader, I was immediately drawn into the world of Wilkie Collins and found myself engrossed in his captivating narratives from start to finish.

One of the most striking aspects of this book is how well it contextualizes Wilkie Collins’s writing within his personal life. Grinstein skillfully weaves together information about Collins’s personal relationships, health struggles, and social-political views with detailed analyses of his novels and short stories. Through this approach, Grinstein sheds light on how Collins’s experiences informed his writing style and themes.

Another strong point is that Grinstein does not merely recount other biographical information. Instead, he engages in thoughtful discussions about how Wilkie Collins’s works fit into larger literary trends while also emphasizing their importance as individual works of art. For instance, Grinstein provides a thorough analysis of The Woman in White which is arguably one of Collins’s most important novels.

Despite its strengths, however, there are some flaws in Wilkie Collins. The book can be at times dry or overly scholarly in tone making it feel inaccessible to readers who may not have an academic background or prior knowledge on literary studies.

In conclusion, Wilkie Collins by Alexander Grinstein is an engaging read for anyone interested in learning more about one of the greatest Victorian writers. While some may find it daunting due to its academic nature, readers who stick with it will be rewarded with an informative look into one of literature’s most profound minds.

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Wilkie Collins

publishedDate : 2003

authors : Alexander Grinstein

publishers : International Universities Press

pageCount : 272

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Signature. William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 – 23 September 1889) was an English novelist and playwright known especially for The Woman in White (1859), a mystery novel and early “sensation novel”, and for The Moonstone (1868), which established many of the ground rules of the modern detective novel and is also perhaps the earliest clear …

Wilkie Collins | British author | Britannica

Wilkie Collins , in full William Wilkie Collins , (born Jan. 8, 1824, London, Eng.—died Sept. 23, 1889, London), English sensation novelist, early master of the mystery story, and pioneer of detective fiction. The son of William Collins (1788-1847), the landscape painter, he developed a gift for inventing tales while still a schoolboy at a private boarding school.

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The New Magdalen

Author by : Wilkie Collins
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Release Date : 1875
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Description : "The New Magdalen" delivers an enjoyable story of assumed identities, heart-breaking clashes between desire and conventions of society and a social commentary of the constraints of Birth and Life...






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Author by : William M. Clarke
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2004-10-01
Publisher by : Ivan R. Dee

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Description : In this intimate Victorian life of the father of the detective story, Mr. Clarke uncovers and explores, with insight and sympathy, the private relationships of a fascinating writer. A literary coup...casts a fresh beam of light on the great, dark seam of Victorian sexual mores. —Observer...






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Author by : Norman Page
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Release Date : 2002-06-01
Publisher by : Routledge

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Description : First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....






Wilkie Collins Best Novels


Wilkie Collins Best Novels

Author by : Wilkie Collins
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Release Date : 2017-06-27
Publisher by : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

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Description : William Wilkie Collins (1824 - 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and author of short stories. His best-known works are The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Armadale, and No Name. Collins was born into the family of painter William Collins in London. He received his early education at home from his mother. He then attended an academy and a private boarding school. He also traveled with his family to Italy and France, and learned the French and Italian languages. He served as a clerk in the firm of the tea merchants Antrobus & Co. His first novel Iolani, or Tahiti as It Was; a Romance, was rejected by publishers in 1845. His next novel, Antonina, was published in 1850. In 1851 he met Charles Dickens, and the two became close friends. A number of Collins's works were first published in Dickens's journals All the Year Round and Household Words. The two collaborated on several dramatic and fictional works, and some of Collins's plays were performed by Dickens's acting company. In this book: The Moonstone The Woman in White...






The Queen Of Hearts


The Queen Of Hearts

Author by : Wilkie Collins
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Release Date : 2015-11-06
Publisher by : 谷月社

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Description : THE Monktons of Wincot Abbey bore a sad character for want of sociability in our county. They never went to other people's houses, and, excepting my father, and a lady and her daughter living near them, never received anybody under their own roof. Proud as they all certainly were, it was not pride, but dread, which kept them thus apart from their neighbors. The family had suffered for generations past from the horrible affliction of hereditary insanity, and the members of it shrank from exposing their calamity to others, as they must have exposed it if they had mingled with the busy little world around them. There is a frightful story of a crime committed in past times by two of the Monktons, near relatives, from which the first appearance of the insanity was always supposed to date, but it is needless for me to shock any one by repeating it. It is enough to say that at intervals almost every form of madness appeared in the family, monomania being the most frequent manifestation of the affliction among them. I have these particulars, and one or two yet to be related, from my father. At the period of my youth but three of the Monktons were left at the Abbey—Mr. and Mrs. Monkton and their only child Alfred, heir to the property. The one other member of this, the elder branch of the family, who was then alive, was Mr. Monkton's younger brother, Stephen. He was an unmarried man, possessing a fine estate in Scotland; but he lived almost entirely on the Continent, and bore the reputation of being a shameless profligate. The family at Wincot held almost as little communication with him as with their neighbors.......






Heart And Science


Heart And Science

Author by : Wilkie Collins
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Release Date : 2015-11-06
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Description : The weary old nineteenth century had advanced into the last twenty years of its life. Towards two o'clock in the afternoon, Ovid Vere (of the Royal College of Surgeons) stood at the window of his consulting-room in London, looking out at the summer sunshine, and the quiet dusty street. He had received a warning, familiar to the busy men of our time—the warning from overwrought Nature, which counsels rest after excessive work. With a prosperous career before him, he had been compelled (at only thirty-one years of age) to ask a colleague to take charge of his practice, and to give the brain which he had cruelly wearied a rest of some months to come. On the next day he had arranged to embark for the Mediterranean in a friend's yacht. An active man, devoted heart and soul to his profession, is not a man who can learn the happy knack of being idle at a moment's notice. Ovid found the mere act of looking out of window, and wondering what he should do next, more than he had patience to endure. He turned to his study table. If he had possessed a wife to look after him, he would have been reminded that he and his study table had nothing in common, under present circumstances. Being deprived of conjugal superintendence, he broke though his own rules. His restless hand unlocked a drawer, and took out a manuscript work on medicine of his own writing. "Surely," he thought, "I may finish a chapter, before I go to sea to-morrow?"...






A Rogue S Life From His Birth To His Marriage


A Rogue S Life From His Birth To His Marriage

Author by : Wilkie Collins
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Release Date : 2016-12-05
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Description : A delightful tale of thwarted ambition and forbidden love, A Rogue's Life follows the fortunes of an endearing young man. Proffering his own take on picaresque storytelling-and with many a grain of truth for twenty-somethings today-this is Wilkie Collins at his entertaining best. Propelled into society by his ever-hopeful father, Frank Softly is introduced to a variety of professions in order to make his fortune. Not industrious by nature, however, Frank finds working life a challenge, and by his 25th birthday, he has failed medicine, portrait-painting, caricaturing, and even forgery. Disenchanted with life, he despairs of ever finding something to commit to-until he meets Alicia Dulcifer and her inexplicably wealthy father. The author of The Woman in White and The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins is widely regarded as the originator of the detective novel....... William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 - 23 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and short story writer. His best-known works are The Woman in White (1859), No Name (1862), Armadale (1866) and The Moonstone (1868). The last is considered the first modern English detective novel. Born into the family of painter William Collins in London, he lived with his family in Italy and France as a child and learned French and Italian. He worked as a clerk for a tea merchant. After his first novel, Antonina, was published in 1850, he met Charles Dickens, who became a close friend, mentor and collaborator. Some of Collins's works were first published in Dickens' journals All the Year Round and Household Words and the two collaborated on drama and fiction. Collins published his best known works in the 1860s, achieved financial stability and an international reputation. During that time he began suffering from gout. After taking opium for the pain, he developed an addiction. During the 1870s and 1880s the quality of his writing declined along with his health. Collins was critical of the institution of marriage and never married; he split his time between Caroline Graves, except for a two-year separation, and his common-law wife Martha Rudd, with whom he had three children. Collins was born at 11 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone, London, the son of a well-known Royal Academician landscape painter, William Collins and his wife, Harriet Geddes. Named after his father, he swiftly became known by his middle name, which honoured his godfather, David Wilkie. The family moved to Pond Street, Hampstead, in 1826. In 1828 Collins's brother Charles Allston Collins was born. Between 1829 and 1830, the Collins family moved twice, first to Hampstead Square and then to Porchester Terrace, Bayswater.Wilkie and Charles received their early education from their mother at home. The Collins family were deeply religious, and Collins's mother enforced strict church attendance on her sons, which Wilkie disliked. In 1835, Collins began attending school at the Maida Vale academy. From 1836 to 1838, he lived with his parents in Italy and France, which made a great impression on him. He learned Italian while the family was in Italy and began learning French, in which he would eventually become fluent.From 1838 to 1840, he attended the Reverend Cole's private boarding school in Highbury, where he was bullied by a boy who would force Collins to tell him a story before allowing him to go to sleep........






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