Wilkie Collins was an extremely prolific English author, best known as the originator of the ‘sensation novel’, a new genre of fiction and precursor to detective fiction. The Woman in White (1860) is regarded as the first of such novels, followed by No Name (1862), Armadale (1866), and The Moonstone (1868). His novels brought him both wealth and fame during his lifetime, and he became a public figure both praised and satirised.
Featured book by Wilkie Collins
The Woman In White
‘On a moonlit road close to midnight, a touch on Walter Hartright’s arm sends him spinning. Next to him, materialised as if out of the air, is a woman dressed from head to toe in white.’ Published in serialised form between 1859-1860, this gripping story of desire, ruthless ambition and chilling suspense explores the horrors hidden deep within Victorian society. Painted with intense psychological realism, this was the novel to move the gothic genre on, creating a whole new movement of its own, the ‘Sensation Novel’.Read more