The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

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This unique edition of The Woman in White from Dead Dodo Vintage includes the full original text as well as exclusive features not available in other editions.


The Woman in White is an epistolary novel written by Wilkie Collins in 1859, serialized in 1859–1860, and first published in book form in 1860. It is considered to be among the first mystery novels and is widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of "sensation novels".


'In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop... There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth, stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white'


The Woman in White famously opens with Walter Hartright's eerie encounter on a moonlit London road. Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter becomes embroiled in the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his 'charming' friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for white mice, vanilla bonbons, and poison. Pursuing questions of identity and insanity along the paths and corridors of English country houses and the madhouse, The Woman in White is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism.


Matthew Sweet's introduction explores the phenomenon of Victorian 'sensation' fiction, and discusses Wilkie Collins's biographical and societal influences. Included in this edition are appendices on theatrical adaptations of the novel and its serialisation history.

 

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 November 5, 2011 by Dunda Books. 1247 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Action & Adventure, History, Religion & Spirituality, Horror, Crime, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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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. Within the framing story of a courtroom setti

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The New York Times

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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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Publishers Weekly

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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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Publishers Weekly

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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.

Feb 28 2011 | Read Full Review of The Woman in White

BC Books

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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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Chicago Tribune

(The obvious reason for this resemblance gets an anticlimactic explanation in both the book and the play.) Hartright falls in love with Laura, but at the urging of her forthright half-sister, Marian Halcombe (Lucy Carapetyan), who informs him Laura is already engaged to Sir Percival Glyde (Robert...

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Daily Kos

- it took me years - but that's the wonderful thing about the best children's books - I think they should be a bit over your head the first time you read them!).

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London Review of Books

Dickens had a starring role, and Collins was to play his valet, but Collins didn’t mind.

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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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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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