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Title:La femme en blanc (French Edition)
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Author:Wilkie Collins, Paul Émile-Daurand Forgues
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Category:Classics, Mystery, Fiction, Gothic, Th century, Victorian

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The Woman in White

In one moment every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop There as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth stood the figure of a solitary Woman dressed from head to foot in white br br em The Woman in White em famously opens with Walter Hartright s eerie encounter on a moonlit London road Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie Walter becomes embroiled in the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his charming friend Count Fosco who has a taste for white mice vanilla bonbons and poison Pursuing questions of identity and insanity along the paths and corridors of English country houses and the madhouse em The Woman in White em is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism br br Matthew Sweet s introduction explores the phenomenon of Victorian sensation fiction and discusses Wilkie Collins s biographical and societal influences Included in this edition are appendices on theatrical adaptations of the novel and its serialisation history

The Moonstone

The Moonstone is a page turner writes Carolyn Heilbrun It catches one up and unfolds its amazing story through the recountings of its several narrators all of them enticing and singular Wilkie Collins s spellbinding tale of romance theft and murder inspired a hugely popular genre the detective mystery Hinging on the theft of an enormous diamond originally stolen from an Indian shrine this riveting novel features the innovative Sergeant Cuff the hilarious house steward Gabriel Betteridge a lovesick housemaid and a mysterious band of Indian jugglers br br This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the definitive edition

No Name

b Mr Vanstone s daughters are Nobody s Children b br br Magdalen Vanstone and her sister Norah learn the true meaning of social stigma in Victorian England only after the traumatic discovery that their dearly loved parents whose sudden deaths have left them orphans were not married at the time of their birth Disinherited by law and brutally ousted from Combe Raven the idyllic country estate which has been their peaceful home since childhood the two young women are left to fend for themselves While the submissive Norah follows a path of duty and hardship as a governess her high spirited and rebellious younger sister has made other decisions Determined to regain her rightful inheritance at any cost Magdalen uses her unconventional beauty and dramatic talent in recklessly pursuing her revenge Aided by the audacious swindler Captain Wragge she braves a series of trials leading up to the climactic test can she trade herself in marriage to the man she loathes br br Written in the early s between i The Woman in White i and i The Moonstone i i No Name i was rejected as immoral by critics of its time but is today regarded as a novel of outstanding social insight showing Collins at the height of his powers


The novel has a convoluted plot about two distant cousins both named Allan Armadale The father of one had murdered the father of the other the two fathers are also named Allan Armadale The story starts with a deathbed confession by the murderer in the form of a letter to be given to his baby son when he grows up Many years are skipped over The son mistreated at home runs away from his mother and stepfather and takes up a wandering life under the assumed name of Ozias Midwinter

The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice

Is there no explanation of the mystery of The Haunted Hotel Is The Haunted Hotel the tale of a haunting or the tale of a crime The ghost of Lord Montberry haunts the Palace Hotel in Venice or does it Montberry s beautiful yet terrifying wife the Countess Narona and her erstwhile brother are the center of the terror that fills the Palace Hotel Are their malefactions at the root of the haunting or is there something darker something much more unknowable at work Jacketless library hardcover

The Law and the Lady

Three years ago her husband stood accused of murder and the verdict that came in from the jury was the Scottish Verdict Not Proven The jury had not evidence enough to convict him nor enough to comfortably exonerate him Eustace could not bear the weight of her discovery he fled to the continent to live in anonymity But Valeria knew her husband and she loved him She knew he was innocent too with the sort of intuition that guides the lucky flawlessly And she set out to prove it to the world Valeria Woodville is one of English literature s earliest women detectives that makes the novel historically remarkable But it s also a great fun mystery full of plot and circumsance and a rogue s gallery of odd Dickensian characters The Law and the Lady is as remarkable a novel today as it was when it was first published in


In Basil s secret and unconsummated marriage to the linen draper s sexually precocious daughter and the shocking betrayal insanity and death that follow Wilkie Collins reveals the bustling commercial London of the th century wreaking its vengeance on a still powerful aristocratic world

The Dead Secret

Having previously tried my hand at short serial stories collected and reprinted in After Dark and The Queen of Hearts I ventured on my first attempt in this book to produce a sustained work of fiction intended for periodical publication during many successive weeks The experiment proved successful both in this country and in America Two of the characters which appear in these pages Rosamond and Uncle Joseph had the good fortune to find friends everywhere who took a hearty liking to them A more elaborately drawn personage in the story Sarah Leeson was I think less generally understood The idea of tracing in this character the influence of a heavy responsibility on a naturally timid woman whose mind was neither strong enough to bear it nor bold enough to drop it altogether was a favorite idea with me at the time and is so much a favorite still that I privately give Sarah Leeson the place of honor in the little portrait gallery which my story contains Perhaps in saying this I am only acknowledging in other words that the parents of literary families share the well known inconsistencies of parents in general and are sometimes unreasonably fond of the child who has always given them the most trouble Wilkie Collins January

Man and Wife

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Poor Miss Finch

Wilkie Collins s intriguing story about a blind girl Lucilla Finch and the identical twins who both fall in love with her has the exciting complications of his better known novels but it also overturns conventional expectations Using a background of myth and fairy tale to expand the boundaries of nineteenth century realist fiction Collins gives one of the best accounts in fiction of blindness and its implications

The Moonstone, Armadale, The Dead Secret, Man and Wife, The Law and the Lady, The Woman in White, Basil, The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice, No Name, Poor Miss Finch