Armadale (Paperback)

Author: Collins, Wilkie

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*Author: Collins, Wilkie/ Sutherland, John (EDT) *Series Title: Penguin Classics *Publication Date: 1995/10/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 8.00


Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9780140434118
SKU 30017359
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0140434119
Release Date 10/1/1995
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 1.25T
Author Info
Wilkie Collins
Wilkie Collins was the son of the landscape painter William Collins. His godfather was Sir David Wilkie, another English painter. In 1841, Collins began an apprenticeship in the tea trade, but grew bored of the job and began writing stories. His first book, a historical novel set in fifth-century Rome, was lost; the second, a biography of his father, he published privately. In 1851, Collins met Charles Dickens. He began contributing to Dickens's magazine Household Words, and to the periodical All the Year Round. With Dickens, Collins shared an interest in the theater. His friends in the literary milieu also included Edward Lear, Oscar Wilde, George Meredith, and Thomas Hardy. The author of dozens of books, Collins was most proud of THE WOMAN IN WHITE--so proud, in fact, that he had his tombstone engraved: "Author of THE WOMAN IN WHITE."
"We are in a period of diseased invention, and the coming phase of it may be palsy. Mr. Collins belongs to the class of professing satirists who are eager to lay bare the 'blotches and bains' which fester beneath the skin and taint the blood of humanity....This time the interest of his tale centers upon one of the most hardened female villains whose devices and desires have ever blackened fiction--a forger, a convicted adulteress, murderess, and thief, aged thirty-five...."
"The one of Collins's novels which we should choose as the most typical, or as the best of the more typical, and which we should recommend as a specimen of the melodramatic fiction of the epoch, is 'Armadale'....Like most of Collins's novels, it has the immense--and nowadays more and more rare--merit of never being dull."
"The Sensation Novel, that explosive phenomenon of the 1860s, here most thoroughly lives up to its billing....Secret crimes, prophetic dreams, stolen identities: from these Collins constructs a melodrama that is like an immense prose poem."
From the Publisher
Annotation From the author of THE MOONSTONE and THE WOMAN IN WHITE comes the story of Lydia Gwilt, a beautiful, unscrupulous woman who marries, deceives, and murders with abandon.
First Line It was the opening of the season of eighteen hundred and thirty-two, at the Baths of Wildbad.2
Editors Note The Athenaeum reviewer of ARMADALE (1866) was only one of many contemporary critics horrified by Lydia Gwilt, the bigamist, husband-poisoner and laudanum addict whose intrigues spur the plot of this most sensational of Victorian 'sensation novels'. When Miss Gwilt flings herself from the first-class deck of a Thames steamer, her attempted suicide sets off events that led to Allan Armadale inheriting Thorpe-Ambrose in Norfolk, romantic rivalries, espionage, counter-espionage and greedy plans for murder.Wilkie Collins drew upon popular newspaper headlines and new technology - particularly the penny post and the telegraph - to lend extra pace and veracity to his brilliantly elaborate and gripping melodrama. T. S. Eliot regarded ARMADALE as being, after THE WOMAN IN WHITE and THE MOONSTONE, 'the best of Collins's romances'. Modern readers will find the flame-haired Lydia Gwilt refreshingly, if alarmingly, different from the general run of heroines in Victorian fiction.
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Number of Pages 0752
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