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The Moonstone (Paperback)

Author:  Wilkie Collins
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1848376162
ISBN-13: 9781848376168
Sku: 215095435
Publish Date: 3/30/2010
Pages:  462
Age Range:  NA
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The legendary Moonstone diamond is presented to Rachel Verinder on her eighteenth birthday. Looted by Rachel?s uncle from an Indian temple, it is said to carry a curse. Staked out in the grounds surrounding Rachel?s country house, a band of Hindu Brahmins watch and wait for an opportunity to restore the Moonstone to its rightful place.

When the gem disappears overnight, suspicion falls upon the Brahmins, but then Inspector Cuff of Scotland Yard arrives and begins to unwrap a mystery as fascinating as it is complex.
T.S. Eliot declared The Moonstone (1868) 'the first and greatest of English detective novels'.
Author Bio
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."


"'The Moonstone' is the first and last of the detective novels, and I would like to ask the addicts what more has really been added to the genre since his time." - V. S. Pritchett 1953

Fortnightly Review
"[In] 'The Moonstone' the skill of construction is so exquisite, so complete, so masterly, that we follow the thread of the story with unflagging enjoyment and a perpetually changeful and delightful perplexity of conjecture as to what the upshot is to be; and when this upshot comes, it is all that sympathy could have desired, and more than ingenuity could have conceived...." - Algernon Charles Swinburne 11/01/1889

Times Literary Supplement
"'The Moonstone' is the best and greatest of English detective novels....[It] maintains its interest and suspense at every moment." - T. S. Eliot 08/04/1927

"'The Moonstone' is frightfully interesting: isn't the detective prime? Don't say anything about the plot; for I have only read on to the end of Belteridge's narrative, so don't know anything about it yet." - Robert Louis Stevenson 09/05/1868

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