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The Woman in White

The Woman in White

Book rating: 05 Paperback Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

By (author) Wilkie Collins, Volume editor John Sutherland

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 752 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 34mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199535639
  • ISBN 13: 9780199535637
  • Edition statement: reissued.
  • Sales rank: 49,673

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The Woman in White (1859-60) is the first and greatest 'Sensation Novel'. Walter Hartright's mysterious midnight encounter with the woman in white draws him into a vortex of crime, poison, kidnapping, and international intrigue. The novel is dominated by two of the finest creations in all Victorian fiction - Marion Halcombe, dark, mannish, yet irresistibly fascinating, and Count Fosco, the sinister and flamboyant 'Napoleon of Crime'. A masterwork of intricate construction, The Woman in White sets new standards of suspense and excitement, and achieved sales which topped even those of Dickens, Collins's friend and mentor. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Lord Northcliffe Professor of English at University College, London, John Sutherland has edited numerous World's Classics, including several Trollopes, and Jack London. He is associate general-editor of Oxford Popular Fiction, and is currently editing the Oxford Companion to Popular Fiction.

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By Mrs J E Finnie 27 Jun 2011 5

Fantastic, suspenseful, I couldn't stop reading it. Wilkie Collins weaves the plight of Victorian women with an intelligent plot in this chilling gothic thriller.

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with each volume having an introduction by an acknowledged expert, and exhaustive notes, the World's Classics are surely the most desirable series and, all-round, the best value for money Oxford Times Collins's mid-Victorian novel is one of the first, and possibly still the greatest, of all literary thrillers. The Irish Times