The Woman in White

The Woman in White

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'The most popular novel of the nineteenth century, and still one of the best plots in English literature' Sarah Waters

The original 'sensation novel', The Woman in White opens with Walter Hartright's eerie encounter with a strange, solitary woman 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 corridors of English country mansions and the madhouse, this is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism.

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Matthew Sweet
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Product details

  • Paperback | 720 pages
  • 138 x 200 x 32mm | 480g
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • chronology, notes
  • 0141439610
  • 9780141439617
  • 34,892

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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

Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) began his literary career writing articles and short stories for Dickens' periodicals. He published a biography of his father and a number of plays but his reputation rests on his novels. Collins found his true fictionalmetier in mystery, suspense and crime. He is best known for his novels in the emerging genres of Sensation and Detective fiction. Matthew Sweet is a journalist and critic, and wrote his doctoral thesis on Wilkie Collins.
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