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The FLAME TREE COLLECTABLE CRIME CLASSICS are chosen to create a delightful and timeless home library of classic crime and mystery thrillers. Each stunning unabridged edition features deluxe cover treatments, ribbon markers, luxury endpapers and gilded edges. The Woman in White, along with Collins' other masterpiece The Moonstone) is generally regarded as the first successful crime and mystery novel. On publication in 1860 it caused a sensation and was exceptionally popular with public and critic alike. Based on a real 18th century case of abduction Collins weaves an intriguing tale of mystery, asylums and mistaken identity that continues to grip the sophisticated modern reader. A specially commissioned biography of the author and a glossary of Victorian and Literary terms make this new edition essential for all classic crime fans!
Considered by many as the founder of the crime novel, William Wilkie Collins (1824-89) was, unlike many nineteenth-century writers, a great literary success within his own lifetime. At one stage he rose to be the highest-paid Victorian writer, even eclipsing the earnings of his mentor, Charles Dickens. He had several careers in his youth, but it was writing novels that brought him fame, boosted by a certain notoriety for what many perceived as his scandalous and immoral private life. Judith John (glossary) is a writer and editor specializing in literature and history. A former secondary school English Language and Literature ...More About Wilkie Collins, Judith John, Martin Edwards