Wilkie Collins (Authors in Context)

Paperback | January 29, 2009

byLyn Pykett

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Wilkie Collins is mainly remembered for his best-selling sensation novel The Woman in White and his detective mystery The Moonstone , both published in the 1860s. However, in a literary career spanning nearly forty years he wrote over twenty novels, several plays, and numerous short storiesin which his preoccupations with Victorian society are revealed. Irregular liaisons, the chaotic state of the marriage laws, social and psychological identity, and the interconnections between respectable society and the world of crime are recurring themes in Collins's fiction. Lyn Pykett looks atCollins's long and varied career in relation to the changing circumstances of his own life, a changing literary marketplace, and the changing worlds of nineteenth-century Britain, as well as his enduring legacy for modern writers and interpreters. The book includes a chronology of Collins's life and times, suggestions for further reading, websites, illustrations, and a comprehensive index.

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Wilkie Collins is mainly remembered for his best-selling sensation novel The Woman in White and his detective mystery The Moonstone , both published in the 1860s. However, in a literary career spanning nearly forty years he wrote over twenty novels, several plays, and numerous short storiesin which his preoccupations with Victorian s...

William Wilkie Collins was an English novelist, playwright, and writer of short stories.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:January 29, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199556113

ISBN - 13:9780199556113

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Table of Contents

1. The Life of Wilkie Collins2. The Social Context3. The Literary Context4. Master, Servants, and Married Women: Class and Social Mobility in Collins's Novels5. Sex, Crime, Madness, and Empire6. Psychology and Science in Collins's Novels7. Recontextualizing Collins: The Afterlife of Collins's Novels