I acknowledge, at the outset, that misfortune has had an effect on me which frail humanity is for the most part anxious to conceal Under the influence of suffering, I have become of enormous importance to myself In this frame of mind, I naturally enjoy painting my own portrait in words Let me add that they must be written words because it is a painful effort to me since I lost my hearing to speak to anyone continuously, for any length of time I have also to confess that my brains are not so completely under my own command as I could wish For instance, I possess considerable skill for an amateur as a painter in watercolors But I can only produce a work of art, when irresistible impulse urges me to express my thoughts in form and color The same obstacle to regular exertion stands in my way, if I am using my pen I can only write when the fit takes me sometimes at night when I ought to be asleep sometimes at meals when I ought to be handling my knife and fork sometimes out of doors when I meet with inquisitive strangers who stare at me As for paper, the first stray morsel of anything that I can write upon will do, provided I snatch it up in time to catch my ideas as they fly New Read The Guilty River [ by ] Wilkie Collins [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – heartforum.co.uk
A close friend of Charles Dickens from their meeting in March 1851 until Dickens death in June 1870, William Wilkie Collins was one of the best known, best loved, and, for a time, best paid of Victorian fiction writers But after his death, his reputation declined as Dickens bloomed Now, Collins is being givencritical and popular attention than he has received for 50 years Most of his books are in print, and all are now in e text He is studied widely new film, television, and radio versions of some of his books have been made and all of his letters have been published However, there is still much to be discovered about this superstar of Victorian fiction.Born in Marylebone, London in 1824, Collins family enrolled him at the Maida Hill Academy in 1835, but then took him to France and Italy with them between 1836 and 1838 Returning to England, Collins attended Cole s boarding school, and completed his education in 1841, after which he was apprenticed to the tea merchants Antrobus Co in the Strand In 1846, Collins became a law student at Lincoln s Inn, and was called to the bar in 1851, although he never practised It was in 1848, a year after the death of his father, that he published his first book, The Memoirs of the Life of William Collins, Esq., R.A., to good reviews The 1860s saw Collins creative high point, and it was during this decade that he achieved fame and critical acclaim, with his four major novels, The Woman in White 1860 , No Name 1862 , Armadale 1866 and The Moonstone 1868 The Moonstone , is seen by many as the first true detective novel T S Eliot called it the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels in a genre invented by Collins and not by Poe.
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- The Guilty River
- Wilkie Collins
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