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Wilkie Collins Ackroyd At His Best Gripping Short Life Of The Extraordinary Wilkie Collins, Author Of The Moonstone And The Woman In White.Short And Oddly Built, With A Head Too Big For His Body, Extremely Short Sighted, Unable To Stay Still, Dressed In Colourful Clothes, As If Playing A Certain Part In The Great General Drama Of Life Wilkie Collins Looked Distinctily Strange But He Was None The Less A Charmer, Befriended By The Great, Loved By Children, Irresistibly Attractive To Women And Avidly Read By Generations Of Readers.Ackroyd Follows His Hero, The Sweetest Tempered Of All The Victorian Novelists , From His Childhood As The Son Of A Well Known Artist To His Struggling Beginnings As Writer, His Years Of Fame And His Life Long Friendship With The Other Great London Chronicler, Charles Dickens A True Londoner, Collins, Like Dickens, Was Fascinated By The Secrets And Crimes The Fraud, Blackmail And Poisonings That Lay Hidden Behind The City S Respectable Facade He Was A Fighter, Never Afraid To Point Out Injustices And Shams, Or To Tackle The Establishment Head On As Well As His Enduring Masterpieces, The Moonstone Often Called The First True Detective Novel And The Sensational Woman In White , He Produced An Intriguing Array Of Lesser Known Works Collins Had His Own Secrets He Never Married, But Lived For Thirty Years With The Widowed Caroline Graves, And Also Had A Second Liaison, As Mr And Mrs Dawson , With A Younger Mistress, Martha Rudd, With Whom He Had Three Children Both Women Remained Devoted As Illness And Opium Taking Took Their Toll He Died In 1889, In The Middle Of Writing His Last Novel Blind Love.Told With Peter Ackroyd S Inimitable Verve This Is A Ravishingly Entertaining Life Of A Great Story Teller, Full Of Surprises, Rich In Humour And Sympathetic Understanding.

10 thoughts on “Wilkie Collins

  1. says:

    Poor William Wilkie Collins, destined forever to fall under the shadow of Charles Dickens, his contemporary and his friend Poor William Wilkie Collins, a man who wrote two great novels and a lot of middling ones But, oh, how captivating this master of Victorian melodrama could be, how mesmerising, how compelling I read The Woman in White in less than a day, horribly fascinated by the dastardly deeds of Sir Percival Gylde and Count Fosco, two of the most delightfully dark villains in all of Vi Poor William Wilkie Collins, destined forever to fall under the shadow of Charles Dickens, his contemporary and his friend Poor William Wilkie Collins, a man who wrote two great novels and a lot of middling ones But, oh, how captivating this master of Victorian melodrama could be, how mesmerising, how compelling I read The Woman in White in less than a day, horribly fascinated by the dastardly deeds of Sir Percival Gylde and Count Fosco, two of the most delightfully dark villains in all of Victorian literature The Moonstone, which I also devoured in a fever, is, as T S Eliot once said, the first and best detective novel in the English literary canon Collins ...

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    This very short biography of Victorian author Wilkie Collins is breezy in style and it skims the surface of his colorful life Readers are given facts about his childhood, oddly shaped body, dislike of marriage, two mistresses, friendship with Charles Dickens, travels abroad, and illnesses, but with only 233 small size pages of text there isn t room to go into much depth about them all I would have liked to learnabout how the two mistresses managed their relationships with Collins overla This very short biography of Victorian author Wilkie Collins is breezy in style and it skims the surface of his colorful life Readers are given facts about his childhood, oddly shaped body, dislike of marriage, two mistresses, friendship with Charles Dickens, travels abroad, and illnesses, but with only 233 small size pages of text there isn t room to go into much depth about them all I would have liked to learnabout how the two mistresses managed their relationships with Collins overlapped, and though he provi...

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    I met Wilkie Collins a few years ago when Heather Ordover s CraftLit did The Woman in White I loved it It was entirely unexpected and fun and quirky and altogether engaging and, come to find out, all of those adjectives can be equally applied to the author And also to this biography Ackroyd is a deeply enjoyable writer, who obviously has a solid knowledge and affection for Collins I actually wish this had been longer, deeper but, as it is, it s lovely as an appetizer, something to wh I met Wilkie Collins a few years ago when Heather Ordover s CraftLit did The Woman in White I loved it It was entirely unexpected and fun and quirky and altogether engaging and, come to find out, all of those adjectives can be equally applied to the author And also to this biography Ackroyd is a deeply enjoyable writer, who obviously has...

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    My friend saw this on the recently arrived table at his local school library and took it out for me because he knows I m a Peter Ackroyd fangirl.My friend then totally outed himself and asked Who is Wilkie Collins.Sometimes I want to cry.I love Wilkie Collins and I love Peter Ackroyd so it is not surprising that I loved this book Collins is one of the best mystery writers, and unlike hisfamous friend, Dickens, actually writes good women characters It is wonderful to read a biography o My friend saw this on the recently arrived table at his local school library and took it out for me because he knows I m a Peter Ackroyd fangirl.My friend then totally outed himself and asked Who is Wilkie Col...

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    WILKIE COLLINS 2015 Peter Ackroyd .Back in the early 1960s I bought a set of Wilke Collins novels at an auction for the grand price of 0.25 per volume The set has since departed in one of my moves, but I think there were about twenty volumes I immediately read The Moonstone, and The Woman in White, both of which I enjoyed I then tried to read several other novels by him, but was discouraged by the style of writing prevalent in the Victorian era I didn t know much about Collins WILKIE COLLINS 2015 Peter Ackroyd .Back in the early 1960s I bought a set of Wilke Collins novels at an auction for the grand price of 0.25 per volume The set has since departed in one of my moves, but I think there were about twenty volumes I immediately read The Moonstone, and The Woman in White, both of which I enjoyed I then tried to read several other novels by him, but was discouraged by the style of writing prevalent in the Victorian era I didn t know much about Collins, so when I saw this Brief Biography by Ackroyd I quickly reserved it from the library Ackro...

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    This is a brief sketch that doesn t in the end leave us with a much deeper understanding of Collins, but it does entice you into further reading There are a few novels I would read just based on how Ackroyd described and analyzed them Like Basil, for how it talks about obsessive love at first sight, and that other one about vivisection and the creepy scientist.It was odd though how each and every one of Collins vacations seemed to be listed here Who caresThere was this passage talking abo This is a brief sketch that doesn t in the end leave us with a much deeper understanding of Collins, but it does entice you into further reading There are a few novels I would read just based on how Ackroyd described and analyzed them Like Basil, for how it talks about obsessive love at first sight, and that ...

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    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally Wilkie Collins A Brief Life is the newest volume in the series of the same name by popular historian Peter Ackroyd, whose London The Biography I m a huge fan of as befitting its name, this particular series is an attempt to present informative and entertaining biographies of various second tier famous f Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally Wilkie Collins A Brief Life is the newest volume in the series of the same name by popular historian Peter Ackroyd, whose London The Biography I m a huge fan of as befitting its name, this particular series is an attempt to present informative and entertaining biographies of various second tier famous figures throughout history past volumes include people like Chaucer and J.M.W Turner , but in a succinct and fast moving style within a manuscript that I m guessing is right around 50,000 words, or barely the minimum length of the smallest novels on the market And Collins is a natural subject for such a series although known...

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    I can highly recommend this short biography which charts the life and career of the author of The Woman in White, one of my favourite Victorian authors I enjoyed learning about the way he flouted Victorian protocol and lived with his mistress for many years while having three children with another much younger mistress who lived across the park just two streets away He was free in spirit and certainly unconventional however in his stories, he did delve into the seedy side of life and of those I can highly recommend this short biography which charts the life and career of the author of The Woman in White, one of my favourite Victorian authors I enjoyed learning about the way he flouted Victorian protocol and lived with his mistress for many years while having three children with another much younger mistress who lived across the park just two streets away He was free in spirit and certainly unconventional however in his stories, he did delve into the seedy side of life and of those less fortun...

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Read by Michael Pennington.blurb Short and oddly built, with a head too big for his body, extremely short sighted, unable to stay still, dressed in colourful clothes, as if playing a certain part in the great general drama of life Wilkie Collins looked distinctly strange But he was none the less a charmer, befriended by the great, loved by children, irresistibly attractive to women and avidly read by generations of readers Peter Ackroyd follows his hero, the sweetest tempered of all the Read by Michael Pennington.blurb Short and oddly built, with a head too big for his body, extremely short sighted, unable to stay still, dressed in colourful clothes, as if playing a certain part in the great general drama of life Wilkie Collins looked distinctly strange But he was none the less a charmer, befriended by the great, loved by children, irresistibly attractive to women and avidly read by generations of readers Peter Ackroyd follows his hero, the sweetest tempered o...

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    Biographies and non fiction are always such an interesting genre for me It must be such a challenge trying to research a person or subject so famous or well known and still be able to bring something new to the table Not to mention write a book that doesn t read like a boring history timeline with a bunch of dates and milestones in a person s life.So I am always intrigued when non fiction and or biographies come across my nightstand for review, if the person or subject interests me I usually Biographies and non fiction are always such an interesting genre for me It must be such a challenge trying to research a person or subject so famous or well known and still be able to bring something new to the table Not to mention write a book that doesn t read like a boring history timeline with a bunch of dates and milestones in a person s life.So I am always intrigued when non fiction and or biographies come across my nightstand for review, if the person or subject interests me I usually give it a go Wilkie Collins has been a very interesting literary figure for me since I read Drood by Dan Simmons a few years ago While I didn t really like the book itself that well..the character Wilkie Collins appealed to...

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