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Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) is best known as the innovator of the English detective novel, whose sensational novels, plays, and short stories were hugely popular in the Victorian Era. Today, readers enjoy Collins' intricate and suspenseful plots, and his penetrating social commentary on the plight of women and domestic issues of the time. Unfortunately Collins suffered from rheumatic gout, for which he took the opiate laudanum, and which eventually led to paranoid delusions and the deterioration of his health. Collins was writing "A Rogue's Life" during a stay in Paris, where he spent time with Charles Dickens, and said his "leisure hours were joyously passed with many other friends." The result is a playful, heroic tale that is a quick and joyfully entertaining read. The story was popular in its original periodical form, and was later revised and republished as a complete novel in 1879.
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Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) studied law and was admitted to the bar but never practiced. Instead, he devoted his time to writing and is best known for his novels The Woman in White, No Name, Armadale, and The Moonstone, which has been called the finest detective story ever written. A number of his works were collaborations with his close friend, Charles Dickens. The Woman in White so gripped the imagination of the world that Wilkie Collins had his own tombstone inscribed: "Author of The Woman in White."
Bernard Mayes is a teacher, administrator, corporate executive, broadcaster, actor, dramatist, and former international commentator on US culture. He is best known for his readings of historical classics.Review:
"A neglected gem: one of Collins's most enticing fictions, and one of Hesperus Press's happiest rediscoveries." —Kirkus Reviews
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