Wilkie Collins


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

Died
September 23, 1889

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Influences
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!”
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“My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.”
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“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.”
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March 2016 Revisit the Shelf Reread Poll

 
  25 votes, 11.4%

 
  21 votes, 9.6%

 
  19 votes, 8.7%

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 277 pages, 1953
 
  17 votes, 7.8%

 
  17 votes, 7.8%

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, 200 pages, 1899
 
  16 votes, 7.3%

1984 by George Orwell, 268 pages, 1949
 
  15 votes, 6.8%

 
  15 votes, 6.8%

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 320 pages. 1935
 
  14 votes, 6.4%

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, 453 pages, 1961
 
  13 votes, 5.9%

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, 672 pages, 1960
 
  11 votes, 5.0%

 
  10 votes, 4.6%

 
  8 votes, 3.7%

Despair by Vladimir Nabokov, 212 pages, 1934
 
  7 votes, 3.2%

Out of Africa by Karen Blixen, 399 pages, 1937
 
  6 votes, 2.7%

 
  5 votes, 2.3%

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