The Woman in White (Hardcover)

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Description


Wilkie Collins's classic thriller took the world by storm on its first appearance in 1859, with everything from dances to perfumes to dresses named in honor of the "woman in white."  The novel's continuing fascination stems in part from a distinctive blend of melodrama, comedy, and realism; and in part from the power of its story.  
   
The catalyst for the mystery is Walter Hartright's encounter on a moonlit road with a mysterious woman dressed head to toe in white.  She is in a state of confusion and distress, and when Hartright helps her find her way back to London she warns him against an unnamed "man of rank and title."  Hartright soon learns that she may have escaped from an asylum and finds to his amazement that her story may be connected to that of the woman he secretly loves.  Collins brilliantly uses the device of multiple narrators to weave a story in which no one can be trusted, and he also famously creates, in the figure of Count Fosco, the prototype of the suave, sophisticated evil genious.  The Woman in White is still passed as a masterpiece of narrative drive and exruciating suspense. 

Introduction by Nicholas Rance

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

 

About the Author


Wilkie Collins (1824 1889) was an English novelist who critics often credit with the invention of the English detective novel. He is best known as the author of "Moonstone", "The Woman in White", "No Name", and "Armadale".

Praise For…


“Collins was a master craftsman, whom many modern mystery-mongers might imitate to their profit.” —Dorothy L. Sayers

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679405634
ISBN-10: 0679405631
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Publication Date: October 15th, 1991
Pages: 656
Language: English