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Wilkie Collins

British writer

1824   -   1889

genre: Gothic literature
country of citizenship: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
language of expression: English
occupation: writer, journalist, novelist, playwright, poet lawyer
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William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 – 23 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright and short story writer best known for The Woman in White (1859) and The Moonstone (1868). The last has been called the first modern English detective novel. Born to the family of a painter, William Collins, in London, he grew up in Italy and France, learning French and Italian. He began work as a clerk for a tea merchant. After his first novel, Antonina, appeared in 1850, he met Charles Dickens, who became a close friend and mentor. Some of Collins's works appeared first in Dickens's journals All the Year Round and Household Words and they collaborated on drama and fiction. Collins achieved financial stability and an international following with his best known works in the 1860s, but began suffering from gout. Taking opium for the pain grew into an addiction. In the 1870s and 1880s his writing quality declined with his health. Collins was critical of the institution of marriage: he split his time between Caroline Graves and his common-law wife Martha Rudd, with whom he had three children.
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works

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The Woman in White

novel by Wilkie Collins

author: Wilkie Collins

1860

The Moonstone

novel by Wilkie Collins

author: Wilkie Collins

1868

No Name

novel by Wilkie Collins

author: Wilkie Collins

1862

Hide And Seek

1854 novel by Wilkie Collins

author: Wilkie Collins

The Law and the Lady

novel by Wilkie Collins

author: Wilkie Collins

1875

Armadale

novel by Wilkie Collins

author: Wilkie Collins

1866

Basil

1852 novel by Wilkie Collins

author: Wilkie Collins

Blind Love

novel by Wilkie Collins

author: Wilkie Collins

No Thoroughfare

novel by Wilkie Collins

author: Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins

1867

Poor Miss Finch

novel by Wilkie Collins

author: Wilkie Collins

1872

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