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|Persons possessed of sluggish livers and tender hearts find two serious drawbacks to the enjoyment of a cruise at sea. It is exceedingly difficult to get enough walking exercise; and it is next to impossible (where secrecy is an object) to make love without being found out. Reverting for the moment to the latter difficulty only, life within the narrow and populous limits of a vessel may be defined as essentially life in public. . . .|
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."