Wilkie Collins

(2682 words)
  • Bianca Tredennick (State University of New York College at Oneonta)

Wilkie Collins is best known as the author of The Woman in White, his 1860 novel which became a popular success and which he later successfully adapted for the stage. 1868 saw the publication of The Moonstone, which some critics have claimed as the first English detective novel. Though that is debatable, the novel certainly cemented Collins’s reputation as a popular author and the best known writer of the subgenre called the “sensation novel”. Collins was also a prolific literary journalist, and, as a friend of Charles Dickens, contributed to his journals Household Words and All the Year Round. He was also an actor, and a successful playwright. Collins’s personal life was also …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Citation:
Tredennick, Bianca. "Wilkie Collins". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 September 2005
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5095, accessed 01 October 2014.]

Articles on Collins' works

  1. Armadale
  2. The Moonstone
  3. The Woman in White

Related Groups

  1. Gothic, Grotesque& Supernatural Fiction
  2. Crime, Detective, Spy/ Thriller Fiction