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The Woman in White (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

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Pages   702
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0199535639  
EAN  9780199535637  

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The Woman in White (1859-60) is the first and greatest "Sensation Novel." Walter Hartright's mysterious midnight encounter with the woman in white draws him into a vortex of crime, poison, kidnapping, and international intrigue. This new critical edition is the first to use the original manuscript of the novel. John Sutherland examines Collins's contribution to Victorian fiction, traces his practices as a creator of plot, and provides a chronology of the novel's complicated events.

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The Woman in White (1859-60) is the first and greatest "Sensation Novel." Walter Hartright's mysterious midnight encounter with the woman in white draws him into a vortex of crime, poison, kidnapping, and international intrigue. This new critical edition is the first to use the original manuscript of the novel. John Sutherland examines Collins's contribution to Victorian fiction, traces his practices as a creator of plot, and provides a chronology of the novel's complicated events.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities Emerita at Columbia University, has authored scholarly classics such as Writing A Woman's Life. As Amanda Cross she has written numerous bestselling Kate Fansler mysteries including Honest Doubt. She lives in New York City.

Wilkie Collins was born in 1824 and died in 1889.

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The biased narrators  Jan 30, 2010
Wilkie Collins created a fantastic novel which could be read in the manner that most of the reviewers have interpreted this book. Boy meets a mystery woman, falls in love with a look-alike who is forced to marry an evil man and eventually the woman in white reveals some secrets and conveniently dies. The early lovers reunite with the help throughout the book of the sensible sister. What really happened? This book was not written by one narrator, but many narrators with conflicting agendas. What if we assume that all are slanting their narratives to mislead the reader? Who is telling the truth?
When you ask these questions and dig into the motivations and backgrounds of each of the narrators and characters, a very different story may emerge limited only by the imagination of the reader, but guided by Wilkie Collins. Were the accidental deaths accidental? Remember who was the narrator describing the accidental deaths. Were the good guys serial murderers, so they could inherit all the wealth in the end? What was the real relationship of the three heroes? These questions haunted me while reading the book and re-reading the book. I challenge anyone to re-read The Woman in white and question the motive and the story of each narrator as if you were attending an inquest or a trial. Did the narrators cleverly hide the truth from the reader?

I have never read such an intriguing novel
Page turner!  Jan 11, 2010
Wilkie Collins at his best! I couldn't put this book down. Tons of twists and turns. Loved it!
Like a Victorian home: cluttered, overdecorated, but remarkably sturdy  Jul 26, 2009
The Woman in White is probably among the original "Gothic romances," and thus its elements define the genre. There is the upper-class British gentry, the family's country estate, mysterious night-time visits (the woman in white herself), the dysfunctional and complex family relationships, the unspoken secrets, the innocent servant, the evil plot. And, of course, the love story between a member of the family (here the heiress, Laura) and the new servant (in this case, the drawing-master, Walter).

It's all very melodramatic, the sort of situation in which people plight their undying troths -- but that's part of its appeal. It's what you want from a good escapist summer novel, and this one has remained a classic for 150 years.

Though at first you may wonder why it's remained so, because this is DEFINITELY written in 19th century Victorian prose: long winded, florid, lots of verbal gesticulations, exhausting descriptions. It's also very much of its time. For example, one of the heroines (Laura's half sister) is overly aware of her sex's limitations: "If I only had the privileges of a man, I would order out Sir Percival's best horse instantly, and tear away on a night gallop, eastward, to meet the rising sun -- a long, hard, heavy, ceaseless gallop of hours and hours, like the famous highwayman's ride to York. Being, however, nothing but a woman, condemned to patience, propriety, and petticoats for life, I must respect the housekeeper's opinions, and try to compose myself in some feeble and feminine way." Whew.

Yet the story itself is so strong that you will, inevitably, forgive it its 19th century characteristics. (Though if you love Dickens and his ilk, you will probably love this book just as it is.) Because at some point in the narrative, you will want to know just how our hero and heroines manage to capture the evil wrongdoers who would mar the futures of such marvelous delicacy... oh dear, now I'm doing it too. In short: damned fine story, if you can get yourself past the old-fashioned writing style. Worth the effort to do so.
Great Book!  Jun 13, 2009
If you like 19th century literature this is one of the best. I find it hard to believe that most people I know haven't even heard of Wilkie Collins. I ran across him while reading a book on the History of Opium. Seems he wrote a book called "The Confessions of an Opium Eater" though I have yet to find it anywhere.

As for this book it is reported to be the "first" detective novel ever written. It is very suspenseful, a real page turner, and hard to put down. The whole plot is tight woven and keeps you on your feet. You will come to love Marian and despise the Count but that is all I will tell of the story.
"The best men are not consistent in good--why should the worst men be consistent in evil?"  May 21, 2009
A melodrama that includes thwarted love, a marriage of obligation, claims on inheritance, and the victimization of women, Women in White is also an engaging and absorbing mystery. Author Wilkie Collins, often credited with being the father of the mystery genre, here creates a fast-paced story of Victorian England, revealing much about Victorian society and its values--the role of women, the laws governing marriage and inheritance, the social institutions of the day, the contrasting attitudes toward the aristocracy and the lower classes, and even the level of medical care and the treatment of psychological illness.

When drawing master Walter Hartright is on his way to teach Marian Halcombe and Laura Fairlie at Limmeridge House, in Cumberland, England, he meets a "woman in white," a young woman who knows Limmeridge House well because she was mentored by Mrs. Fairlie, Laura Fairlie's deceased mother. The "woman in white" is Anne Catherick, who looks just like Laura, but who is an escapee from a nearby mental asylum. Upon his arrival at Limmeridge House, Walter immediately falls in love with the beautiful Laura, but she has made a deathbed pledge to her father to marry to Sir Percival Glyde, someone Anne Catherick despises and blames for her own incarceration. Throughout the novel, Anne visits various characters to offer help in combating Sir Percival and his cohorts.

The story unfolds through documents held by a variety of characters, each of whom tells the story from his/her own point of view. The reader develops sympathy for the innocent and beautiful Laura, respect for her homely but bright half-sister, Marian Halcombe, sadness for Walter Hartright, and hatred for Sir Percival and his friend, the Italian count Fosco, with whom Sir Percival is in business. Sir Percival and the count need financing, and it is Laura's inheritance that is at stake. A series of consecutive disasters, along with arguments, revelations of abuse, the fear of exposure, and the contemplation of murder by Sir Percival and Count Fosco, draws the reader irrevocably into the action.

The characters are sympathetically drawn, with Collins showing an early awareness of the influence of psychology on behavior. The descriptions of nature, presented realistically and in minute detail, build suspense, as Collins creates parallels between nature and the details of plot. As is usually the case with romances, chance plays a huge role in the unfolding action, creating cliff-hanging suspense which contributes to the excitement--and pure fun--of this seductive novel. The conclusion, involving a subplot unrelated to the primary action, resolves issues conveniently. The almost-forgotten author of twenty-five novels, Collins was one of the most successful authors of Victorian mysteries, and he is gaining new attention as a result of reprints of this novel and The Moonstone. Mary Whipple

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