The Woman in White

The Woman in White

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\"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 is drawn into 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 720 pages
  • 138 x 204 x 46mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. ills. by Coralie Bickford-Smith
  • 0141192429
  • 9780141192420
  • 92,052

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"Collins was a master craftsman, whom many modern mystery-mongers might imitate to their profit." -Dorothy L. Sayers
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"Collins was a master craftsman, whom many modern mystery-mongers might imitate to their profit." --Dorothy L. Sayers
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About Wilkie Collins

Collins is best remembered for his novels, particularly The Woman in White (1860) and The Moonstone (1868), which T. S. Eliot called 'the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels'. His later, and at the time rather sensational, novels include The New Magdalen (1873) and The Law and The Lady (1875). Collins also braved the moral censure of the Victorian age by keeping two women (and their households) while marrying neither. He died in 1889.
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A small group of friends and I read THE WOMAN IN WHITE for a month-long blog read-a-long. I was thrilled when this book got chosen because, honestly, it'd been far too long since I read it and the entire thing felt fresh and new. One of the most fantastic women in literature (in my opinion) occupies the pages of this book. Marian Halcombe is a strong, man-like woman who frequently attacks her own sex with tongue in cheek remarks about their weaknesses. More than that, however, she shows a strength of character that carries the entire story - even so much as to inspire the respect of the goosebump-causing Count Fosco. Speaking of Count Fosco - I don't think there could be a villain who makes my skin crawl more. He's not evil in the typical sense, it's nothing you can actually put a finger on and his admiration of Marian seems to be at total odds with his actions throughout the book. He's a fantastic character and one I aspire to be able to write myself one day. The pace of this book moves so slowly it's nearly impossible to keep your mind from going over and over the details. Each section of the mystery is given to you from the viewpoint of the person who has seen it - much like the testimony of a witness during a murder trial. There are obviously parts of the book that were more shocking back in Collins day then today, but...I still had a blast reading it and even gasped once or twice! I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves murder mysteries. While wordy, it is still not intimidating and relatively easy to read. And.. how can you resist after hearing about the characters of Fosco and Marian?show more
by Lydia Presley
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