Wilkie Collins
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Wilkie Collins

William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 - 23 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and short story writer. His best-known works are The Woman in White (1859), No Name (1862), Armadale (1866), and The Moonstone (1868), considered the first modern English detective novel.

Born into the family of painter William Collins in London, he lived with his family in Italy and France as a child and learned French and Italian. He worked as a clerk for a tea merchant. After his first novel Antonina was published in 1850, he met Charles Dickens, who became a close friend, mentor and collaborator. Some of Collins' works were first published in Dickens' journals All the Year Round and Household Words and the two collaborated on dramatic and fictional works.

Collins published his best known works in the 1860s, achieved financial stability and an international reputation. During this time he began suffering from gout took opium for pain and developed an addiction. During the 1870s and '80s the quality of his writing declined along with his health.

Collins was critical of the institution of marriage and never married; he split his time between Caroline Graves except for a 2 year separation, and his common law wife Martha Rudd with whom he had 3 children.
Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Photo by Elliott & Fry [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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    • The Woman in White

    • By: Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated by: Ian Holm
    • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 419
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 362
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 361

    Late one moonlit night, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary and terrified woman dressed all in white. He saves her from capture by her pursuers, and determines to solve the mystery of her distress....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The outstanding narration is what I enjoyed most

    • By Leslie Grey McCawley on 12-03-10

    Regular price: $27.71

    • The Moonstone

    • By: Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
    • Length: 20 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 261
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 240

    This is heralded as the very first mystery novel. Collins, in his great work, created the guidelines for the genre as we know it today....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable

    • By James on 08-03-16

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Mrs. Zant and the Ghost

    • By: Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated by: Gillian Anderson
    • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,054
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,041

    Mrs Zant has recently lost her beloved husband, and while walking in the Kensington Gardens she feels his presence trying to warn her of some coming danger....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Something Like the Old Form

    • By John on 09-27-16

    Regular price: $1.06

    • Miss or Mrs.?

    • By: Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    In this fast-paced novella, we encounter attempted murder, a clandestine marriage, and fraud....

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Haunted Hotel

    • By: Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated by: Walter Covell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Wilke Collins was the author of two of the greatest mysteries ever written, The Moonstone and The Woman in White....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
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    • By Kindle Customer on 02-26-15

    Regular price: $19.60

    • The Frozen Deep

    • By: Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Richard Wardour leaves England on a voyage to the African coast under the impression he is engaged to delicate orphan Clara Burnham....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Good Book for a Plane Trip

    • By Howard on 01-17-11

    Regular price: $10.90

    • The Dream Woman

    • By: Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated by: Walter Covell
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    "The Dream Woman" is one Wilke Collins' most anthologized stories of the supernatural....

    Regular price: $4.95

    • Classic Ghost Stories

    • By: Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, W. L. George, and others
    • Narrated by: Ian Holm, Julie Peasgood
    • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    These five chilling tales make perfect night time listening....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Signalman. . . again

    • By emma on 09-19-09

    Regular price: $7.45

    • The Two Destinies

    • By: Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    In this late romantic novel, the author explores the powers of telepathy while telling a skilful tale that interweaves suspense with the familiar ingredients of Victorian melodrama....

    Regular price: $20.17

    • A Rogue's Life

    • By: Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    This delightful tale of thwarted ambition and forbidden love follows the adventures and fortunes of an endearing young rogue, Frank Softly....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One Twisting, Turning, Fun Book!

    • By Joseph R on 06-15-09

    Regular price: $20.97

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