By Lyn Pykett
In a literary profession spanning over 40 years, Wilkie Collins wrote over twenty novels, numerous performs, and various brief tales. even if, he's in most cases remembered for his best-selling sensation novel the girl in White. abnormal liasons, the chaotic nation of the wedding legislation, social and mental identification, and the interconnections among decent society and the realm of crime are routine topics in Collins's fiction. during this vigorous, available, and significantly topical exploration of his novels, Lyn Pykett appears at Collins's lengthy and sundry occupation when it comes to the altering situations of his personal existence, a altering literary industry, and the altering worlds of nineteenth-century Britain, in addition to his enduring legacy for contemporary writers and interpreters. the amount features a chronology of Collins's lifestyles and instances, a entire index, web content, illustrations, and recommendations for additional interpreting.
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Collins’s friendship with Nannie was conducted at luncheon parties and afternoon visits with the mother and daughter, and through a regular correspondence with Nannie. From June 1885, when she was only 12 years old, until February 1888 Collins wrote a series of letters to Nannie, addressing her as ‘Dear and admirable Mrs Collins’, ‘Mrs Wilkie Collins’, ‘dearest Mrs’, and ‘carrissima sposa mea’, and referring to her mother as ‘my mother-in-law’. The letters are consistently playful in tone and on one occasion Collins makes encouraging comments about Nannie’s own writing: ‘I am proud of my wife.
He worked on the manuscript of the autobiographical narrative which his mother had written in 1853, and which she hoped that he might publish under his own name; in the end he did not publish it, but used some of the material from it in the narrative which linked together his ﬁrst collection of short stories, After Dark (1856), and he also borrowed 16 The Life of Wilkie Collins some details for later novels. Collins also continued to write plays: The Frozen Deep and The Lighthouse (based on his own story ‘Gabriel’s Marriage’) were staged by Dickens in 1857, and The Red Vial was put on at the Olympic Theatre in 1858 (and duly ﬂopped).
As well as developing his interest in plays and the theatre, Not So Bad As We Seem also provided Collins with a stimulating companion and a professional ally. For the next ﬁfteen years or so he and 12 The Life of Wilkie Collins Dickens regularly dined together, visited theatres, and rambled the streets of London and Paris together, wrote and acted together, and worked closely together when Collins became a member of the staﬀ of Dickens’s magazine Household Words in October 1856 (see Chapter 3).