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The King of Inventors: A Life of Wilkie Collins

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In this major biography, Catherine Peters explores the complicated life of Wilkie Collins, the greatest of the Victorian "Sensation" novelists and author of the famous "Woman in White" and "The Moonstone." An intimate of Dickens and of the Pre-Raphaelites Holman Hunt and Millais, Collins was called the "king of inventors" by his publisher. On the surface, he was charming,
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Hardcover, 524 pages
Published October 24th 1993 by Princeton University Press (first published November 5th 1992)
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Peter
Mar 09, 2014 Peter rated it really liked it
The last sentence of Catherine Peters’ biography of Wilkie Collins is “There are greater Victorian writers, but none who is quite like Wilkie Collins.”

Peters proves this statement to be true in this fascinating, meticulously researched, and very readable biography. Many readers, myself included, are familiar with Collins because of his association with Charles Dickens or perhaps through reading The Woman in White or The Moonstone. Through this biography, however, Peters unravels and reveals, in
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Dec 01, 2011 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Compared to the conventions of Victorian morality as presented in the literature of the time, many Victorian novelists had private lives which may have raised some eyebrows. Dickens separated secretly from his wife in favour of the young actress Ellen Ternan, George Eliott lived openly with G.H. Lewes who was already married to someone else, and Thackeray confined his wife to an asylum in France due to her mental illness. But none had as unconventional a private life as Wilkie Collins. From ...more
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Apr 28, 2013 Danelle rated it really liked it
Wilkie Collins, a prolific author and playwright of the Victorian era, is most well known for his works The Moonstone and The Woman in White, as well as being a close confidant of Charles Dickens. The King of Inventors: A Life of Wilkie Collins is a biography of this Victorian 'Sensation' novelist - whose life was a strange parallel to that of some of his writings.

Wilkie was beloved by his friends who thought this strange little man (his forehead was very rounded and oddly shaped, his hands and
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