The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins

The Fallen Leaves

byWilkie Collins

Kobo ebook | February 11, 2015

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Wilkie Collins's novel was published in 1879 and dedicated to Caroline Graves. The 'Fallen Leaves' of the title are 'The people who have drawn blanks in the lottery of life...the friendless and the lonely, the wounded and the lost'.

The novel follows the fortunes of four women, all in one way or another 'fallen leaves', who are linked by their relationships with the hero, Amelius Goldenheart, and also by secrets from the past. Their histories are looked at from two perspectives: that of the ruthless capitalist society of England in which they live, and that of the Christian Socialism of the hero who has been brought up in a Utopian community in America. Collins modelled his description on the Oneida communities of New England, in which sexual relationships were not restricted to marriage but had to be sanctioned by the elders. One of the leading themes of the novel is the difficulty of creating relationships between men and women which are neither hypocritical nor exploitative.

Title:The Fallen LeavesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 11, 2015Publisher:Consumer Oriented Ebooks PublisherLanguage:English

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