Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins


Born
in London, England, The United Kingdom
January 08, 1824

Died
September 23, 1889

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Charles Dickens


A close friend of Charles Dickens from their meeting in March 1851 until Dickens' death in June 1870, William Wilkie Collins was one of the best known, best loved, and, for a time, best paid of Victorian fiction writers. But after his death, his reputation declined as Dickens' bloomed.

Now, Collins is being given more critical and popular attention than he has received for 50 years. Most of his books are in print, and all are now in e-text. He is studied widely; new film, television, and radio versions of some of his books have been made; and all of his letters have been published. However, there is still much to be discovered about this superstar of Victorian fiction.

Born in Marylebone, London in 1824, Collins' family enrolled him at the M
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More books by Wilkie Collins…
“The books - the generous friends who met me without suspicion - the merciful masters who never used me ill!”
Wilkie Collins, Armadale

“My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.”
Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

“Any woman who is sure of her own wits, is a match, at any time, for a man who is not sure of his own temper.”
Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

Polls

December 2017 Revisit the Shelf Reread Poll

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 104 pages, 1843
 
  109 votes, 29.6%

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, 505 pages, 1850
 
  57 votes, 15.5%

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, 592 pages, 1957
 
  43 votes, 11.7%

Middlemarch by George Eliot, 904 pages, 1871
 
  42 votes, 11.4%

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, 213 pages, 1930
 
  34 votes, 9.2%

 
  30 votes, 8.2%

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, 528 pages, 1868
 
  27 votes, 7.3%

King Lear by William Shakespeare, 400 pages or less, 1603
 
  26 votes, 7.1%

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