The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Synopsis provided by Blackwells Books:
The Woman in White (1859-60) is the first and greatest ‘Sensation Novel’. Walter Hartright’s mysterious midnight encounter with the woman in white draws him into a vortex of crime, poison, kidnapping, and international intrigue. The novel is dominated by two of the finest creations in all Victorian fiction – Marion Halcombe, dark, mannish, yet irresistibly fascinating, and Count Fosco, the sinister and flamboyant ‘Napoleon of Crime’. A masterwork of intricate construction, The Woman in White sets new standards of suspense and excitement, and achieved sales which topped even those of Dickens, Collins’s friend and mentor.

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  1. michelebbc

     /  July 26, 2011

    No Name is one of my favourite Wilkie Collins. I like the theme of a woman who is so single minded and the ideas of how she is supposed to fit into society. Its a while since I read it but I remember I preferred it to the more famouse Moonstone and Woman in White.

  2. When The Woman in White came up for this month’s classic read I turned to the Wilkie Collins collection on my bookshelf. There are four, and I was (still am) flirting with the idea of picking one up. Naturally it was not the one I was supposed to read, nor the one which I have not as yet read, but No Name, neither required nor unread, which appealed.

    The ‘sensationalism’ of which I am not wildly appreciative in The Woman in White is less evident in No Name. Which may or may not be a recommendation!


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