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Author: Wilkie Collins
ISBN: 0809599171
Language: English
Pages: 340 pages
Category: Mystery
Publisher: Wildside Press (February 1, 2004)
Rating: 4.1
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3 Collins’s shorter fiction. 4 Collins and the sensation novel. 5 The Moonstone, detective fiction and forensic science. Wilkie Collins was one of the most popular writers of the nineteenth century.

3 Collins’s shorter fiction. 7 The professional writer and the literary marketplace. He is best known for The Woman in White, which inaugurated the sensation novel in the 1860s, and The Moonstone, one of the rst detective novels; but he wrote more than twenty novels, plays and numerous short stories during a career that spanned four decades. This Companion offers a fascinating overview of Collins’s writing.

Wilkie Collins – An Introduction Wilkie Collins was born on 8th January 1824 at 11 New Cavendish Street in Marylebone . In all Wilkie Collins wrote some 30 novels, 14 plays, over 60 short stories and at least 100 non-fiction essays.

Wilkie Collins – An Introduction Wilkie Collins was born on 8th January 1824 at 11 New Cavendish Street in Marylebone, London. A novelist, playwright and author of short stories, William Wilkie Collins was a popular figure in Victorian literature and this was further enhanced by his charm and flamboyant lifestyle. He was a friend of Charles Dickens and eventually they collaborated on several projects and magazines. He died from a paralytic stroke on 23rd September 1889, at 82 Wimpole Street, and was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery in West London. Fiction Thriller & Crime.

William Wilkie Collins (1824 – 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and author of short stories. His best-known works are The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Armadale, and No Name. Collins was born into the family of painter William Collins in London. He received his early education at home from his mother. He then attended an academy and a private boarding school.

Wilkie Collins's fifth novel, "The Dead Secret" anticipates the themes of his next novel, "The Woman in White" in its treatment of mental illness, disguise and deception, and the dispossession of lost identity. Yet a series of comic figures offsets the tension, from the dyspeptic Mr Phippen to the perpetually smiling governess, Miss Sturch

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The Dead Secret book. The Dead Secret, written by world-famous Wilkie Collins in 1856. The Dead Secret," written by world-famous Wilkie Collins in 1856 and set in Victorian England, is a classical gothic mystery with its plot woven around a secret, which concerns the wealthy heiress Rosamund Treverton.

Books related to The Dead Secret. More by Wilkie Collins. The Complete Works Of Elizabeth Gaskell (20+ Books). The Big Book of the Masters of Horror, Weird and Supernatural Short Stories: 120+ authors and 1000+ stories in one volume (Kathartika™ Classics). Wilkie Collins: The Complete Short Stories: The Best Short Fiction from the English writer, known for his mystery novels The Woman in White, No Name, Armadale, The Moonstone, The Law and The Lady, The Dead Secret, Man and Wife and many mor. ilkie Collins.

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Wilkie Collins' edge-of-the-seat classic mystery is definitely worth the read and . Shelves: classics, three-star-no, goodbye, r-r, collins-wilkie. I've just finished "The Dead Secret" by Wilkie Collins and I'm still thinking about it. And thinking and thinking.

Wilkie Collins' edge-of-the-seat classic mystery is definitely worth the read and on-going anticipation to the end is guaranteed. Recommends it for: Nancy Grace. There are some things in it that just bug me, but more of that a little later. First, assuming I will read over this again in a few years and wonder what it is that I'm talking about, I'll start with where the book came from in the first place.

William Wilkie Collins (1824 - 1889) was an English novelist, playwright and short story writer. In it, the author explores the issues of gender roles that he examined in The Dead Secret and the legal position of spouses that fueled the plot of The Law And The Lady. His best-known works are The Woman in White (1859), No Name (1862), Armadale (1866) and The Moonstone (1868). The last is considered the first modern English detective novel. In The Evil Genius, however, the momentum of the story derives not from mystery but from domestic drama. The players find themselves in moral quandaries that keep getting more and more complicated.

Having previously tried my hand at short serial stories (collected and reprinted in After Dark, and The Queen of Hearts), I ventured on my first attempt, in this book, to produce a sustained work of fiction, intended for periodical publication during many successive weeks. The experiment proved successful both in this country and in America. Two of the characters which appear in these pages -- "Rosamond," and "Uncle Joseph" -- had the good fortune to find friends everywhere who took a hearty liking to them. A more elaborately drawn personage in the story -- "Sarah Leeson" -- was, I think, less generally understood. The idea of tracing, in this character, the influence of a heavy responsibility on a naturally timid woman, whose mind was neither strong enough to bear it, nor bold enough to drop it altogether, was a favorite idea with me, at the time, and is so much a favorite still, that I privately give "Sarah Leeson" the place of honor in the little portrait-gallery which my story contains. Perhaps, in saying this, I am only acknowledging, in other words, that the parents of literary families share the well-known inconsistencies of parents in general, and are sometimes unreasonably fond of the child who has always given them the most trouble. -- Wilkie Collins, _January, 1861_

Comments (7)
Another fabulous Wilkie Collins book... a very good classic read. However, if you have a vivid imagination, I don't recommend you read the scary parts at night during a thunderstorm (as I accidentally did one evening and scared the wits out of myself and the cat). It is just enough of a ghost story for goosebumps but mostly a story of devotion and the twists life can throw at people, in any era. They young honeymooners at the center of the story are delightful and annoying at the same time, the bitter alienated uncle and his Dickensian evil servant beg for the traditional boo-hiss, and Collins makes us wait until the end to figure out how they will all survive under very trying circumstances. Happy I found this one.
I usually love Wilkie Collins' works. However, this book was a labor intensive read. It was so wordy and I lost focus many times during the reading of the book. One of my favorites things about this author is his writing style. It can be superfluous but it was always enjoyable. His sentence structure and manner of composing a thought is generally appealing to me but not this book. Fortunately, I just stared the Haunted Hotel and so far its exactaly the style and pace that I have come to love from this author. I'm still a fan! But beware, the Dead Secret is an exhausting read.
I am in the process of reading all of Wilkie Collins books, and this one was good, too. The secret suspended until almost the end was less than melodramatic, but his writings always contain little mysteries throughout so that you keep reading. His style of writing is plain and understandable, but with no lack of very intelligent words not much used today - but which are very descriptive - such as alacrity, which those writers in that period used often. I would recommend this book to those who are looking for clean, interesting, reading, with not an overload of descriptions of every room, leaf, tree, or person. And, where, for the most part, women are treated with respect as women, and not as objects.
I haven't read a lot of Wilkie Collins, but what I have I have thoroughly enjoyed, and this one's no exception. His can follow a humorous tone where a particular character might be involved, very apparent in the case of the butler here, then take on a heavier mood for another, etc. His use of alternating first-person narratives within the same work adds a unique flavor to the story, as he has done here as he did in The Woman in White, skillfully giving each "narrator" his or her own unique communicating characteristics to allow the reader to feel different personalities actually wrote or dictated the passages.

This one has a twist you think you have figured out by the time things are explained, only to be checked by the true explanations. Overall another excellent read.
I like Wilkie Collins, and this is pretty typical for WC. The story is about a secret given to a servant before a woman's death, which the servant was supposed to reveal to the deceased's husband, but which instead she hid in a room in his house. It is actually much more complex than that, but it has good characters and a great plot development. As Wilkie Collins once said when asked to describe his formula, "make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, make 'em wait." That about sums it up.
Interest would wane from time to time due to so much description of everything and I would have to skip over some. The vocabulary is really beyond the ordinary reader. I'm sure they would get lost even on the first page. The plot was pretty good. But it seemed the author had a difficult time with sequence. It was a challenge to keep reading til the end. I actually was glad I had made it to the "finish line", The story ended abruptly
I read another book by this author, and never quite have it figured out until it ends. Good suspense. But good overall story and character as well.
So well written, as has been every Wilkie Collins book I've read, that I can recommend it as a good read. The "mystery" is not of the typical kind for the genre but, then again, this novel was breaking new ground and helping forge the genre in its infancy.
To that end there are no dead bodies, no crimes under investigation, no missing persons, in the classical sense, more a tale of simple curiosity and the honorable reaction upon its uncovering. I would say only that the ending is a bit protracted, accounting for my middling grade.