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: Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,061
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,768

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping novel, excellent production

    • By David on 01-18-11

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Moonstone

    • By: Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
    • Length: 20 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 253
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 232

    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 1,179
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,036
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,023

    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

    • 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

    • Poor Miss Finch

    • By: Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated by: Marry Floyd
    • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    "Poor Miss Finch" by Wilkie Collins is a novel about a wealthy, but blind girl who temporarily regains her sight while being in a romantic triangle...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining story but didn't care for narration

    • By shortforu on 04-28-18

    Regular price: $7.35

    • 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....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Dull

    • By brenda schleuning on 09-24-16

    Regular price: $19.60

    • The Dream Woman

    • By: Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
    • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    "Wake up! Wake up, there! Murder!” A hostler spits out these vehement words while he turbulently sleeps. He is haunted by a phantasm....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • broken

    • By Kekone on 02-23-13

    Regular price: $1.18

    • 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

    • The Evil Genius

    • By: Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated by: John Bolen
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Wilkie Collins' most financially successful novel, The Evil Genius, opens with a jury determining the fate of a sea captain whose ship allegedly facilitated a diamond theft...

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Story is fine, but not a mystery.

    • By Margaret on 06-06-07

    Regular price: $23.09

    • Hide and Seek

    • By: Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated by: Caroline Collins
    • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    "Hide and Seek" (1854) is a story with an intricate plot, in two parts: the history of "Madonna" Grice and Matthew Grice's discovery of her...

    Regular price: $7.35

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