The Woman in White  -     By: Wilkie Collins
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The Woman in White

Penguin Classics / 2010 / Hardcover

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The first modern detective story, The Woman in White is a thrilling mystery that continues to shock even today. Debuting the archetypical elements of the genre, including mysterious apparitions, illegitimacy, mistaken identities, unreliable narrators, drugs, and crimes of passion, this intricate novel presents a thrilling quest for the truth and love.

This Penguin Hardcover classic features cover art of light blue birds over a dark navy blue cloth cover. Blue ribbon marker included. 672 pages with notes, cloth-bound hardcover. Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Matthew Sweet. Cover design by Coralie Bickford-Smith.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 720
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 7.38 X 5.06 (inches)
ISBN: 0141192429
ISBN-13: 9780141192420
Availability: In Stock
Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

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Publisher's Description

"There in the middle of the broad, bright high-road-there, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth or dropped from the heaven-stood the figure of a solitary woman, dressed from head to foot in white garments."

Thus young Walter Hartright first meets the mysterious woman in white in what soon became one of the most popular novels of the nineteenth century. Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall readers ever since. From the hero's foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collin's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing. Collins other great mystery, The Moonstone, has been called the finest detective story ever written, but it was this work that so gripped the imagination of the world that Wilkie Collins had his own tombstone inscribed: "Author of The Woman In White. . . "

Author Bio

Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) began his literary career writing articles and short stories for Dickens' periodicals. He published a biography of his father and a number of plays but his reputation rests on his novels. Collins found his true fictionalmetier in mystery, suspense and crime. He is best known for his novels in the emerging genres of Sensation and Detective fiction.
Matthew Sweet is a journalist and critic, and wrote his doctoral thesis on Wilkie Collins.

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