Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins | First Editions

1824 - 1889

William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 - 23 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright,  author of short stories and general man of letters. He was enormously popular during the Victorian era, rivalling the likes of Dickens (with whom he was both friend and colleague), in popularity.

He wrote 30 novels, 60-odd short stories, 14 plays, and around 100 pieces of non-fiction work. 
Collins is arguably best known for "The Woman in White", "The Moonstone", and "Armadale", although his popular output far exceeded those three works.

He is also credited unofficially with creating the "sensational" novel ("Basil" of  1852 is a particularly good example, being that tragic and overwrought must be exhausting) and with refining if not outright inventing the modern detective story (in the words of another distinguished bookseller Collins's "The Moonstone." is the: "fons et origio of many genre memes", no more absinthe for that man).

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