La jeune Anne Sylvester est la fille de l"épouse déchue d"un gentleman anglais. Anne est recueillie par la meilleure amie de sa mère quand celle-ci décède, et devient la préceptrice de sa fille, Blanche. Une amitié très forte lie les deux jeunes femmes. Mais alors que le bonheur semble promis à toutes deux, le destin s"acharne sur Anne: elle s"est éprise d"un jeune homme de bonne famille qui, pour la séduire lui promet le mariage alors qu"il ne pense qu"à une jeune et riche veuve... Ce roman plein d"humour et riche en rebondissements, est l"occasion pour Wilkie Collins de dénoncer les lois du mariage dans le Royaume-Uni en cette fin du XIXe siècle, qui n"accordent aucun droit aux femmes.
The Moonstone was described by T. S. Eliot as "the first and greatest of English detective novels." Published in 1868, it is one of the two books (with The Woman in White) for which Collins is most famous. Several incidents in the story are taken from the real life Constance Kent Road Case and the plot is Collins at his diabolical best. Many of the story"s elements have since become classic features of the detective novel: the eventual conviction of the least-likely suspect; a bungling investigation led by local police and taken over by a more perceptive, slightly eccentric detective, the idea of a "mcguffin" or object (in this case a diamond) that everyone wants and around which the plot pivots - to name but a few of the classic tropes first seen here.
Un magnifique diamant venu des Indes....un vol dans des circonstances mystérieuses....une enquête avec de nombreux suspects....et d’inquiétants brahmanes qui depuis des générations cherchent à récupérer la pierre sacrée. Wilkie Collins, avec une intrigue passionnante et haletante, signe ici le premier roman policier de l’histoire de la littérature, un véritable chef-d'oeuvre du genre marqué par un suspense haletant et une atmosphère angoissante.
Wikie Collin's "After Dark" is a collection of six short stories. The book is a series of tales told by a poor travelling portrait-painter, William Kerby, who is forced to abandon his profession for six months in order to save his sight. Descriptions of the circumstances under which the tales were told. The tales are stories of adventure, well varied, and often striking in the incidents, or with thrilling situations. The six stories contained in the book are: The Traveller's Story of A Terribly Strange Bed The Lawyer's Story of A Stolen Letter The French Governess's Story of Sister Rose The Angler's Story of The Lady of Glenwith Grange The Nun's Story of Gabriel's Marriage The Professor's Story of The Yellow Mask.
A sinister Countess is driven mad by a dark secret. An innocent woman is made the instrument of retribution. A murdered man"s fury reaches beyond the grave. From the author of The Moonstone and The Woman in White comes another gripping Victorian sensation novel. When Countess Narona marries Agnes Lockwood"s fiancé and takes him to live in a rundown Venetian palace, strange things start happening, a servant mysteriously vanishes, and the husband dies a recluse. But the dead won"t rest. When the palace is transformed into a hotel the two women are drawn to its chambers, where a force stronger than death is waiting to wreak its vengeance ...
Une femme déchue sur laquelle le sort s'acharne....Un beau jeune-homme prêt à tout s'enrichir....Et une meurtrière qui va rendre la situation encore plus complexe. Wilkie Collins signe ici une oeuvre engagée en faveur de la condition féminine au sein de la société victorienne dont il dénonce la misogynie et l'excès de pouvoir accordé aux hommes. Au-delà de la critique sociale, c'est aussi, comme Collins en a l'habitude, une histoire habilement ficelée dans laquelle se retrouvent amour, vengeance et trahisons.
A mystery novel of the 'sensation' genre, published in 1860. The Woman in White is a mystery novel made up of eleven Parts. There are a number of narrators throughout the story, often one per Part. The main narrator is Walter Hartright, who relies on the others as "witnesses" to describe events that took place during his absence. Each narrator holds information regarding the central mystery. The story begins from Walter Hartright's perspective. He obtains a position as a drawing master at an estate in Cumberland. On his way there, he meets a woman dressed entirely in white. This strange woman asks him for directions and he assists her. Once they part ways, Walter overhears a policeman asking a passerby if he had seen a woman dressed all in white. This woman had escaped an insane asylum and needed to be escorted back. Walter wonders if he has assisted a dangerous woman as he journeys on to Cumberland. After his arrival, Walter meets his two pupils, half-sisters Marian and Laura, and the head of the estate, Sir Frederick Fairlie, who is Laura's uncle. Soon we see Walter and Laura falling in love. Unfortunately, she is engaged to another man, Sir Percival Glyde. At the same time, Laura receives an anonymous letter warning her that her betrothed is a horrible man and to stay away from him at all costs. After some investigation, Walter and Marian conclude that the warning letter came from the woman in white. Can the woman's word be trusted or is she insane? After more investigation, no evidence against Sir Percival Glyde's character can be found. Once Walter is sure of Laura's well-being, he decides to leave his position as drawing master earlier than planned, as to spare the girl unnecessary pain. Walter ends up leaving the continent to start fresh. Here, the other narrators take over for awhile. Once Laura and Sir Percival are married, his true colors begin to show. Marian resides with the Glydes at Percival's estate, for Laura's sake. We are introduced to Percival's foreign friend, Count Fosco, and his wife, the Countess who also happens to be Laura's estranged aunt. Marian and Laura end up distrusting Percival, Fosco, and the Countess. The untrusting threesome seem to be scheming amongst themselves. Marian fears for her and Laura's futures. The woman in white reappears for a second warning, makes her presence known to the sisters, and alludes to Sir Percival's "secret". Marian does her best to get information out of the woman in white, all the while arousing suspicion from Percival and Fosco. It soon becomes apparent that Percival is using Laura for something, and Fosco is going to help him. He's also hiding a secret, one so important that he might be willing to send a woman to an insane asylum to keep her from revealing it. What is this secret and how far will Percival go to keep it hidden? What does he want from Laura and what will he do to get it? Can Marian protect her sister from Percival and Fosco? I was very intrigued by the plot of this book, which kept me reading even though parts were a little dull. I had to know who the woman in white really was, and why she was in the insane asylum. The characters were well developed, especially the characters who were also narrators. There were multiple twists and turns, building and unfolding the mystery. Overall, an easy and enjoyable read. I suggest this book to anyone who likes a more drawn out story. It reminded me of reading The Count of Monte Crisco.--Submitted by CLM.
No Name by Wilkie Collins. THE main purpose of this story is to appeal to the reader’s interest in a subject which has been the theme of some of the greatest writers, living and dead—but which has never been, and can never be, exhausted, because it is a subject eternally interesting to all mankind. Here is one more book that depicts the struggle of a human creature, under those opposing influences of Good and Evil, which we have all felt, which we have all known. It has been my aim to make the character of “Magdalen,” which personifies this struggle, a pathetic character even in its perversity and its error; and I have tried hard to attain this result by the least obtrusive and the least artificial of all means—by a resolute adherence throughout to the truth as it is in Nature. This design was no easy one to accomplish; and it has been a great encouragement to me (during the publication of my story in its periodical form) to know, on the authority of many readers, that the object which I had proposed to myself, I might, in some degree, consider as an object achieved.
Armadale is a classic mystery novel by Wilkie Collins. If you can't get enough of classic British mystery novels, dive into this spine-tingling tale of mistaken identity penned by Wilkie Collins, the author of The Woman in White and The Moonstone. The tale, told partly through letters and documents, recounts the intertwined lives and fates of two distant cousins who both happen to bear the name 'Allan Armadale.' As part of our mission to publish great works of literary fiction and nonfiction, Sheba Blake Publishing Corp. is extremely dedicated to bringing to the forefront the amazing works of long dead and truly talented authors.
Un amour interdit, un complot et une sombre histoire d'argent. Le texte qui suit eut un véritable scandale lors de sa première publication. Il y est en effet question d'un sujet hautement sulfureux pour l'époque, celui de l'émancipation d'une jeune fille de quinze ans dont les sentiments qu'elle porte à son cousin la conduisent à se marier en secret, contre l'avis de son père qui la destine à un riche ami de la famille.
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. The use of multiple narrators (including nearly all the principal characters) draws on Collins"s legal training, and as he points out in his preamble: "the story here presented will be told by more than one pen, as the story of an offence against the laws is told in Court by more than one witness". In 2003, Robert McCrum writing for The Observer listed The Woman in White number 23 in "the top 100 greatest novels of all time", and the novel was listed at number 77 on the BBC"s survey The Big Read. William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 – 23 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright and short story writer best known for The Woman in White (1859) and The Moonstone (1868).
Dans le train qui l'emmène en voyage de noces à Ramsgate, Valéria Woodville pense aux semaines qui ont précédé son mariage: sa rencontre avec Eustache, ses rapides fiançailles avec lui, l'inquiétude de son oncle pour ce projet de mariage faute d'informations sérieuses sur la situation personnelle d'Eustache, l'opposition de la mère d'Eustache à ce projet. Installés à Ramsgate, Valéria et Eustache rencontrent par hasard la mère de celui-ci. Quand il présente Valéria à sa mère, celle-ci se tourne alors vers lui avec mépris et indignation et lui déclare plaindre sa jeune épouse. Valéria va découvrir qu'Eustache ne lui a pas tout dit sur sa vie d'avant leur mariage. Elle n'aura de cesse de découvrir le secret qui entache le passé de son mari...