The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
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‘The woman who first gives life, light, and form to our shadowy conceptions of beauty, fills a void in our spiritual nature that has remained unknown to us till she appeared.’

One of the earliest works of ‘detective’ fiction with a narrative woven together from multiple characters, Wilkie Collins partly based his infamous novel on a real-life eighteenth century case of abduction and wrongful imprisonment. In 1859, the story caused a sensation with its readers, hooking their attention with the ghostly first scene where the mysterious ‘Woman in White’ Anne Catherick comes across Walter Hartright. Chilling, suspenseful and tense in mood, the novel remains as emotive for its readers today as when it was first published.

 

About Wilkie Collins

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Born in London, the son of artist William Collins, Wilkie Collins was educated at Highbury and spent four years in Italy with his parents. Upon his return to England, he worked first in business and then law, but eventually turned to literature. Collins created the crime novel of intricate plot and baffling mystery. The Woman in White (1860) was his first success, followed in 1863 by his masterpiece The Moonstone. Both novels demonstrate Collins' fascination with psychological portraiture and sensationalistic complication. Other books include The Haunted Hotel (1875), Antonia (1850), and Heart and Science (1883). Collins was a close friend of Charles Dickens and collaborated with him. His mastery of plot influenced Dickens, and he was influenced by Dickens's mastery of character.
 
Published July 30, 1975 by Penguin Classics. 685 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Romance, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference, War, Crime, Biographies & Memoirs, Action & Adventure, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble turn in stellar performances of Collins's classic, commonly regarded as the world's first mystery novel. Late one night, on the way to his new post, art teacher Walt

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Even theatergoers allergic to such fare will surely concede that "The Woman in White" sounds like Wagner (oh, all right, make it Puccini) compared to the work of Frank Wildhorn, who has toiled to fill the period-musical vacuum on Broadway with shlockerettas like "Jekyll & Hyde" and the current "D...

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Playwright and audio dramatist Beverley Cooper has done a masterful job in adapting Collins's classic Victorian suspense novel to the audio medium.

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Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble turn in stellar performances of Collins's classic, commonly regarded as the world's first mystery novel.

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BC Books

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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins was published as a newspaper serial in 1859. In 1860 a collecte...

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But when The Woman In White was first published in serial form in 1859, people lined up to buy the next installment and, as Julian Symons points out in my copy’s Introduction, William “Gladstone canceled a theater engagement to go on reading it.” I can certainly understand that Victorian reader...

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The story is not told in a straight narrative form, but rather in a series of letters, firsthand accounts, diaries, and dispositions by the main characters, as well as some supporting characters.

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Suite 101

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is set during the French Revolution, a troubled time in which extreme poverty led to revolt against the aristocracy.

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Patheos

And when Walter and Laura worry that they are doing Marian a disservice by letting her live with them instead of living her own life, she quickly disabuses them of that notion and expresses her heartfelt desire to be devoted to her sister, brother-in-law, and eventual nieces and nephews.

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Red Room

Like most Victorian novels there is some casual sexism that seems a little weird to modern tastes, but it did not spoil the novel for me.

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Time Out Chicago

Characters in Collins’s complex, sensationalized tale of beautiful innocent Laura Fairlie (Maggie Scrantom) and her mysterious white-clad doppelgänger (Scrantom again) are constantly relating new information to one another via post, and there’s a new mini cliff-hanger every other minute or so.

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Mystery Scene

Even today, it's one of those books you read and ask yourself: Where the hell did that come from?

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BooksPlease

I read this book as part of November’s Autumn Classics Challenge and The Book Garden’s Tea and Books Challenge (reading books of over 700 pages).

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TheaterMania

Moreover, when dire events engulf both Laura and her would-be savior -- the Woman in White herself, Anne Catherick (Angela Christian) -- Marian eventually goes to the rescue by, among other tactics, throwing herself at Sir Percival's devious friend, the corpulent and mouse-enamored Count Fosco (M...

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Talkin' Broadway

If this show is, for all intents and purposes, a revival of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and a jukebox collection of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Greatest Hits (or what sounds like them), does that matter?

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