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by Nicholas Rance,Wilkie Collins

The Woman in White (Everyman's Library) epub ebook

Author: Nicholas Rance,Wilkie Collins
Category: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Everyman's Library; Reissue edition (October 15, 1991)
Pages: 656 pages
ISBN: 0679405631
ISBN13: 978-0679405634
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 843
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I roused myself from the book which Iwas dreaming over rather than reading, and left my chambers to meet thecool night air in the suburbs.

I roused myself from the book which Iwas dreaming over rather than reading, and left my chambers to meet thecool night air in the suburbs. It was one of the two evenings in everyweek which I was accustomed to spend with my mother and my sister. SoI turned my steps northward in the direction of Hampstead.

By Wilkie Collins Introduction by Nicholas Rance. By Wilkie Collins Introduction by Nicholas Rance. About The Woman in White. There, in the middle of the broad, bright high-road-there, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth or dropped from the heaven-stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white garments.

Introduction by Nicholas Rance(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) . William Wilkie Collins was born in London in 1824, the eldest son of a successful painter, William Collins. He studied law and was admitted to the bar but never practiced his nominal profession, devoting his time to writing instead. His first published book was a biography of his father, his second a florid historical romance. The first hint of his later talents came with Basil (1852), a vivid tale of seduction, treachery, and revenge. The Woman in White Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics (Том 0) Everyman's Library Classics & Everyman's Library (Том 18).

Wilkie Collins, Nicholas Rance (Introduction). Published October 15th 1991 by Everyman's Library. ISBN: 0140620249 (ISBN13: 9780140620245). Hardcover, 609 pages. Author(s): Wilkie Collins, Nicholas Rance (Introduction). ISBN: 0679405631 (ISBN13: 9780679405634). Published October 25th 2016 by anboco.

Wilkie Collins' sixth novel took the fashionable world by storm on its appearance in 1860, when everything from dances to dresses was named after the woman in white. Nicholas Rance is the author of Historical Novel and Popular Politics in Nineteenth-Century England. Seller Inventory AAZ9781857150186. More information about this seller Contact this seller.

William Wilkie Collins was born in London in 1824, the son of a successful and popular painter. While Collins' fame rests on his best known works, The Woman in White and The Moonstone, he wrote over thirty books, as well as numerous short stories, articles and plays. On leaving school, he worked in the office of a tea merchant in the Strand before reading law as a student at Lincoln's Inn. However his real passion was for writing and, in 1850, he published his first novel, Antonina. He was a hugely popular writer in his lifetime. An unconventional individual, he never married but established long-term liaisons with two separate partners.

The Story Begun By Walter Hartright. of Clement's Inn, Teacher of Drawing) This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve. Walter Hartright's Story Begun.

The Woman in White is Wilkie Collins's fifth published novel, written in 1859. It is considered to be among the first mystery novels and is widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of "sensation novels". The story is sometimes considered an early example of detective fiction with protagonist Walter Hartright employing many of the sleuthing techniques of later private detectives.

She appears out of nowhere, a woman dressed all in white, standing in the moonlight on the lonely heath. Walter Hartright is at first alarmed, but then sees that she is frightened and confused, and needs his help. He speaks kindly to her, walks with her to show her the right road, and soon she disappears into the night again. This strange meeting begins a chain of events that bring together Walter, Marian and her half-sister Laura, Sir Percival and his Italian friend Count Fosco in a mystery in which nothing is as it seems. And at the heart of the mystery is the sad, lonely figure of the woman.

The Woman in White Introduction by Nicholas Rance 664pp 978 1 85715 018 6 £ 1. 9.

The Moonstone Introduction by Catherine Peters 536pp 978 1 85715 122 0 £ 1. The Woman in White Introduction by Nicholas Rance 664pp 978 1 85715 018 6 £ 1. The Hound of the Baskervilles, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign. Introduction by Andrew Lycett 424pp 978 1 84159 363 0 £1.

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 genius.  The Woman in White is still passed as a masterpiece of narrative drive and excruciating suspense. Introduction by Nicholas Rance(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Reviews (7)
Often considered one of the first mystery novels, The Woman In White follows protagonist Walter Hartright, an art teacher, as he has a mysterious late night encounter on a London street with a lost woman, dressed all in white, who he later finds out had escaped from an asylum. The figure of this woman and the words they exchanged during their meeting come to haunt Walter, even as he accepts a job at Limmeridge House outside of London to instruct heiress Laura Farlie in art. Walter soon recognizes the astonishing resemblance between Laura and The Woman In White, and finds out that the mystery woman also used to live near Limmeridge and has connections to the Farlie family. You’ll have to read further to see how the story progresses, but the plot is quite complex, twisting and turning with elements of unrequited love, unhappy marriages, murder plots and overall very shady dealings.

What I Liked
One of the main characters in the novel is Laura Farlie’s devoted half-sister and friend, Marion Halcombe. Marion and Walter act intermittently as the principal investigators of the mystery on which the novel is based, as they essentially ask and try to answer the very questions the reader is also wondering. I found Marion’s character in particular to be a very likeable one. She’s much more adventurous, proactive and strong than Laura, who is a bit of a damsel in distress throughout the novel. I also found Marion to be more likeable than Walter, because she’s more rational and less romantic. I essentially found her to be most like myself, simply wanting to uncover the truth and also to protect her friend in the difficult and even dangerous situations in which Laura finds herself.

I really appreciated the complexity with which the novel dealt with the themes of women’s inequality and lack of options in those times. The contrasting characters of Marion and Laura are the vehicles through which Collins addresses these issues. Marion is strong, opinionated and individualistic, but as she is not beautiful in a conventional sense and has no independent means, she’s very restricted in her ability to remove herself and Laura from harmful situations. For her part, Laura has beauty and a large inheritance, but her subservient, soft and yielding temperament is easily manipulated by others and she quickly loses her freedom to an unhappy marriage.

The plot of the novel overall was expertly written to keep the suspense and mystery going throughout, despite its over 700 pages. There were several twists to the narrative and the old English manor setting for most of the novel provided an optimal bleak and dreary backdrop. I was legitimately scared for the novel’s heroines Marion and Laura from the second half of the novel onwards, and I kept turning the page to see what else would happen to them or what more would be revealed about their antagonist’s intentions. Overall, it was a very captivating read, and I also really liked Collins’ technique of designating different narrators for different sections of the novel, as though they were retelling their recollections of what happened as witnesses before a court of law.

What I Didn’t Like
Without spoiling anything, there were two very evil male figures in the novel, who I felt were somewhat overly caricatured and at times not very believable. Towards the end of the novel one of the figures is also said to be involved with politics in a way that I think was kind of unnecessary to the plot – a bit thrown in there. At times, it was also hard to believe that Laura herself could be as passive as she was in the face of some of the circumstances she faced.

Final Verdict
A tragic, haunting tale about mistaken identities, unbelievable selfishness and cruelty, bust also true love and persevering friendship. A true classic.

I never expected to love this book as much as I did and I'm so happy I tried it. It's a long one, so be prepared for that. Be prepared, also, for twists and turns and that slam you feel when you thought you knew what was going on and had it all figured out and you got the rug pulled out from under you!

This was written in that grand style English that you just don't find in modern literature. I adore reading it, and if you love the classics, and a good mystery, then this is for you. These people came from a different time, and what was considered a huge scandal years and years ago wouldn't raise an eyebrow today, so keep that in mind as you read. This is truly a different world. But, human nature is fairly consistent, and you will recognize in these characters, people you have read in more modern tomes, or even people you know yourself. They are well developed, complex characters that I enjoyed immensely. I love the dramatic swooning...the formal language...and a time in history when restraint was a highly regarded quality.

This Kindle edition was free...and won't cost you anything to give it a go. I'm sure you will be as engrossed as I was.

Best West
I'd never heard of Wilkie Collins before I got my Kindle. In searching out free classics, I of course found a number of references to this classic mystery. I inferred from the title that the woman in white was a ghost (who knows why!) so fully expected some specter to rise out of the misty moors. Instead, I was surprised to find myself in the grip of a diabolical and tragic tale told by several different and distinct voices. While a tad overlong - why use one word when you can use six? - my thumb rarely left the Next Page button. I had no desire to 'cheat' on Walter, Laura, Marion, Anne, the Baronet and Fosco with another book, and in fact could barely put down my Kindle until I could no longer keep my eyes open in the wee hours of the night. Collins was a genius at keeping the reader guessing, which I did throughout. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Collins read my thoughts and threw me a curveball. And though the language is very old-fashioned and formal - think 19th century England - I had few troubles figuring out the odd unfamiliar phrase. Of course, it was tough not to chuckle at the quaint and genteel 'evils' that seem so commonplace today, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. If anything, it added to it. After reading - and thoroughly enjoying - The Woman in White, I can clearly understand why this classic has endured.

A note on Kindle formatting: I have seen reviews of other Kindle freebies that were badly formatted and/or edited, but that was not the case with this book. Not only were there few (if any) typos, the formatting was quite readable. The one addition I would have liked is a linked table of contents. If you find a 99 cent version that boasts such a TOC, I'd recommend buying it instead of downloading it for free as I would have like to have looked back at different characters' accounts after reading them.

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