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The Woman in White (1859)

by Wilkie Collins

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"The Woman In White"--now a dazzling new musical by the incomparable Andrew Lloyd Webber Wilkie Collinss sensational tale of madness, betrayal, and greed, "The Woman in White," is thrilling its West End audiences at the magnificent Palace Theatre in Londonand is coming to Broadway in the future. Since its original publication in 1860, the novel has never been out of print, and this suspenseful classic is now brought to life by a brilliant international ensemble, including the sublime Maria Friedman and Michael Crawford as the diabolical Count Fosco.… (more)
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Dress and the body are important elements in Collin's excellent mystery novel, which makes this a good book to read for the student of mid-19th c. costume history. ( )
  AlainaZ | Jun 5, 2022 |
Phenomenal mystery! Loved this writing style. Cool tidbit that Wilkie Collins was a friend and contemporary of Charles Dickens! ( )
  natmo | Jun 1, 2022 |
Everyone faces problems, and it is likely that we can help people more than we realize. Best-selling author Dr. Gary R. Collins helps readers become more sensitive to the needs of others.
  CCCClibrary | May 26, 2022 |
I started reading this last year even though I’m claiming it as my second book for 2022. It’s unnecessarily long, however speech back then did tend to be long winded. The gentry had time on their hands and a jolly good conversation or some lengthy correspondence was one way of filling the day. They loved to use language and words and Collins writes with a similar flourishing style. It’s a complicated mystery with lots of deceit and sinister intrigue. Quite a big cast of main characters, all well drawn and in spite of all the flourishes, I enjoyed it and can now cross it off my Classics list! ( )
  Fliss88 | Apr 19, 2022 |
Read originally in paperform.[return][return]Listened to as part of Craftlit podcast. ( )
  nordie | Apr 18, 2022 |
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Wilkie Collinsprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bailey, JosephineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cauti, CamilleIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dei, FedoraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Geeson, JudyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giordani, AndreaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holm, IanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Landor, RosalynNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lorac, E. C. R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prebble, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rees, RogerNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ruffilli, PaoloIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sutherland, JohnEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sweet, MatthewEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Symons, JulianIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tummolini, StefanoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Willis, ChristineEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Woolf, GabrielNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve.
T. S. Eliot, in seeking to express his admiration for Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White, together with Armadale and The Moonstone, regretted that there was no aesthetic of melodrama, a genuine art form. (Introduction)
An experiment is attempted in this novel, which has not (so far as I know) been hitherto tried in fiction. (Preface 1860)
'The Woman in White' has been received with such marked favour by a very large circle of readers, that this volume scarcely stands in need of any prefatory introduction on my part. (Preface 1861)
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The soft hazy twilight was just shading leaf and blossom alike into harmony with its own sober hues as we entered the room, and the sweet evening scent of the flowers met us with its fragrant welcome through the open glass doors.
There are three things that none of the young men of the present generation can do. They can't sit over their wine, they can't play at whist, and they can't pay a lady a compliment.
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"The Woman In White"--now a dazzling new musical by the incomparable Andrew Lloyd Webber Wilkie Collinss sensational tale of madness, betrayal, and greed, "The Woman in White," is thrilling its West End audiences at the magnificent Palace Theatre in Londonand is coming to Broadway in the future. Since its original publication in 1860, the novel has never been out of print, and this suspenseful classic is now brought to life by a brilliant international ensemble, including the sublime Maria Friedman and Michael Crawford as the diabolical Count Fosco.

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When Walter Hartwright encounters a solitary, terrified, beautiful woman dressed in white on a moonlit night in London, he feels impelled to solve the mystery of her distress. The story, full of secrets, locked rooms, lost memories, and surprise revelations, features heroine Marian Halcombe and drawing-master Walter Hartright as sleuthing partners pitted against the diabolical Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde. This gothic psychological thriller, a mesmerizing tale of murder, intrigue, madness, and mistaken identity, has gripped the imagination of readers since its first publication in 1860. The breathtaking tension of Collins's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.
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Identity theft,
money, madness, hidden crimes –
a Collins classic.
(passion4reading – thank you, wisewoman)
The Woman in White.
Count Fosco controls it all,
but Marian wins!
(rretzler)

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141439610, 0141389435

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An edition of this book was published by Tantor Media.

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