Wilkie Collins: Armadale

(3498 words)
  • Brooke McLaughlin Mitchell

During the 1860’s cultural sensation gave birth to literary sensation, and the short-lived genre of sensation fiction was born. The members of the British public, who were now more literate and had more access to cheap reading material than at any other time in their history, were inundated with accounts of court cases and domestic disputes that engaged their appetite for taboo subjects. Wilkie Collins’ Armadale (1866) is a striking contribution to Victorian sensation fiction. First published in instalments in the Cornhill Magazine (vols. x-xiii; November 1864-June 1866), the novel essentially spans a year’s time, during which two young men meet, form a close friendship, and then endure the testing of t…

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McLaughlin Mitchell, Brooke. "Armadale". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 November 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=9752, accessed 01 July 2015.]