The King of Inventors: Life of Wilkie Collins

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A biography of Victorian "Sensation" novelist Wilkie Collins, author of "The Woman in White" and "The Moonstone". The author has drawn on many of Collins' unpublished letters and has also studied the manuscripts of his novels, plays and stories, including those which he did not complete.

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Catherine Peters was a Lecturer in English Literature at Somerville College, Oxford, from 1981 to 1992.

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[Collins] clearly relished performing his life, one minute as the well-known author Wilkie Collins, the next as 'Mr. William Dawson' holidaying in Ramsgate with Mrs. Dawson and the children. . . . Dealing with such an extraordinary life and such extraordinary fictions, most accounts of the artistic life would have no difficulty in presenting the one as simply a spill-over from the other. In this admirable biography, Catherine Peters resists such reductiveness.---Stephen Gill, The Times Literary Supplement

"[Collins] clearly relished performing his life, one minute as the well-known author Wilkie Collins, the next as 'Mr. William Dawson' holidaying in Ramsgate with Mrs. Dawson and the children. . . . Dealing with such an extraordinary life and such extraordinary fictions, most accounts of the artistic life would have no difficulty in presenting the one as simply a spill-over from the other. In this admirable biography, Catherine Peters resists such reductiveness."--Stephen Gill, The Times Literary Supplement

[Collins's] oddity was increased by his addiction to opium, which he carried around with him in a silver hip-flask. 'All his life,' we learn from his present biographer, he was 'haunted by a second self,' by the idea that 'someone was standing behind him.' . . . Catherine Peters's book is crammed with interesting details.---Peter Quennell, The Evening Standard

The first readable portrait of Collins as a human being.---Françoise Rivière, The European

"[Collins's] oddity was increased by his addiction to opium, which he carried around with him in a silver hip-flask. 'All his life,' we learn from his present biographer, he was 'haunted by a second self,' by the idea that 'someone was standing behind him.' . . . Catherine Peters's book is crammed with interesting details."--Peter Quennell, The Evening Standard

A wonderful case study in Victorian morals. . . . [Peters] offers a fascinating story, plainly told.---William St. Clair, Financial Times

"The first readable portrait of Collins as a human being."--Françoise Rivière, The European

"A wonderful case study in Victorian morals. . . . [Peters] offers a fascinating story, plainly told."--William St. Clair, Financial Times

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