The Collector is a 1963 thriller novel by English author John Fowles, in his literary debut. Its plot follows a lonely, psychotic young man who kidnaps a female art student in London and holds her captive in the cellar of his rural farmhouse. Divided in two sections, the novel contains both the perspective of the captor, Frederick, as well as that of Miranda, the captive. The portion of the novel told from Miranda's perspective is presented in epistolary form.
Fowles wrote the novel between November 1960 and March 1962. It was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated feature film of the same name in 1965 starring Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar.
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