Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins

A Brief Life

Book - 2015/10
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A gripping short biography of the extraordinary Wilkie Collins, author of  The Moonstone  and  The Woman in White , two early masterpieces of mystery and detection.

     Short and oddly built, with a head too big for his body, extremely nearsighted, unable to stay still, dressed in colorful clothes, Wilkie Collins looked distinctly strange. But he was nonetheless a charmer, befriended by the great, loved by children, irresistibly attractive to women--and avidly read by generations of readers. Peter Ackroyd follows his hero, "the sweetest-tempered of all the Victorian novelists," from Collins' childhood as the son of a well-known artist to his struggling beginnings as a writer, his years of fame, and his lifelong friendship with that other great London chronicler, Charles Dickens. In addition to his enduring masterpieces,  The Moonstone --often called the first true detective novel--and the sensational  The Woman in White , he produced an intriguing array of lesser known works. Told with Ackroyd's inimitable verve, this is a ravishingly entertaining life of a great storyteller, full of surprises, rich in humor and sympathetic understanding.
Publisher: Random House 2015/10
ISBN: 9780385537391
0385537395
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER

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