Free site book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. The Woman in White is widely regarded as the first in the genre of 'sensation novels'. It follows the story of two sisters living in Victorian Engl. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Playwright and audio dramatist Beverley Cooper has done a masterful job in adapting Collins's.

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The Standard Ebooks edition of The Woman in White: A young drawing teacher falls in love with his aristocratic pupil, who falls victim to a devious plot to acquire . Free PDF, epub, site ebook. The Woman in White was Wilkie Collins' fifth published novel. The book famously opens with Walter Hartright's eerie encounter. Become a member of and you can download five free ebooks Walter Hartright encounters a mysterious woman dressed entirely in white.

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If so, you can claim it as yours by registering as an Unglue. Downloads This work has been downloaded times via unglue. Wilkie Collins, Publisher: Penguin Classics Published: HarperPress Published: Tebbo Published: The Woman in White Contributors: Wilkie Collins, Published: Arcturus Published: The book famously opens with Walter Hartright's eerie encounter on a moonlit London road.

The Woman in White

Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter becomes embroiled in the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his 'charming' friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for white mice, vanilla bonbons, and poison. The Woman in White is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism.

After Dark Wilkie Collins. Armadale Wilkie Collins. The Evil Genius Wilkie Collins.

The Haunted Hotel Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone Wilkie Collins. No Name Wilkie Collins. This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve.

If the machinery of the Law could be depended on to fathom every case of suspicion, and to conduct every process of inquiry, with moderate assistance only from the lubricating influences of oil of gold, the events which fill these pages might have claimed their share of the public attention in a Court of Justice. But the Law is still, in certain inevitable cases, the pre-engaged servant of the long purse; and the story is left to be told, for the first time, in this place.

As the Judge might once have heard it, so the Reader shall hear it now. This book, along with Collins' other famous novel, "The Moonstone", has been recommended to me at times by reader friends and teachers who know how much I love English literature and mystery novels.

It's supposed to be a seminal classic, one of the first mystery-romance-Gothic, a prototype for the genre. It was wildly popular when it was published in So when my mystery book club chose read it I did.

Gentle reader, it's very very long, so be prepared. A young drawing teacher is stopped for directions as he travels to London on a dark night by a woman in white who places a hand on his shoulder, evidently coming up behind him. I'm afraid I got bogged down here right away. What woman would do this in ? What woman would be walking to London alone today?

A long and convoluted narrative begins, involving two mysterious women in white, insanity, their mother, a cometery, the drawing instructor, a fortune, an evil friend and a dead father.

The father insists the woman marry a friend of his, which she doesn't want to do but does because she feels she has a moral obligation. Lots of back and forth about class structure, the place of women, what's proper, temptation resisted. I was reminded of "Clarissa", written in by Samuel Richardson. It too, was scandalous and wildly popular. Clarissa Harlowe is seduced by the evil Lovelace, somehow against her will, and ruined.

I got really exasperated with both Clarissa and the characters in TWIW because of their endless sensitivities, worries, mulling over and over about what to do. Margaret Oliphant hailed it as "a new beginning in fiction", while at the same time Edward Bulwer-Lytton dismissed it as "great trash". And while Henry James disliked the "ponderosity" of The Woman in White calling it "a kind of 19th-century version of Clarissa Harlowe" , he acknowledged that the book had "introduced into fiction those most mysterious of mysteries, the mysteries which are at our own doors".

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

The Manchester Guardian review. Sometimes it seems to me that the English novel really has but one theme, the problem of patriarchy, and the plight of women and the evil sins committed against them.

Think of Thomas Hardy. Think of the insane women in English literature Virginia Woolf, T. Eliot's wife , Rebecca, Jane Eyre. Only a couple of years earlier, Bulwer-Lytton had had his own fractious wife committed to an asylum.


It's elegantly and beautifully written, filled with sensuous and vivid imagery. I gave myself over to the languid pace, but still was sustained by suspense as I read on and on.

I struggled to begin this novel. In fact, I started it and gave it up within the first 50 pages two or three times over the course of as many years because I felt it was prosey and boring.Aug Original title: Secrets play an important part in this sprawling novel.

Have your say. The evening, I remember, was still and cloudy; the London air was at its heaviest; the distant hum of the street-traffic was at its faintest; the small pulse of the life within me, and the great heart of the city around me, seemed to be sinking in unison, languidly and more languidly, with the sinking sun.

My father was a drawing-master before me. Events which I have yet to relate make it necessary to mention in this place that my father had been dead some years at the period of which I am now writing; and that my sister Sarah and I were the sole survivors of a family of five children.

The Woman in White

Clarissa Harlowe is seduced by the evil Lovelace, somehow against her will, and ruined. Sitemap Privacy Policy. Fiction Description The Woman in White tells the story of Walter Hartright, a young and impoverished drawing teacher who falls in love with his aristocratic pupil, Laura Fairlie.