Woman in White

Woman in White


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Reading again, Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins.  After reading recently that books saved President Obama’s soul while serving us as President, I reflect on books that I treasure. Woman in White is one you won’t be able to put down.

This book was written in 1859, a long time ago but don’t let that put you off, and is considered by many as the first detective or mystery novel.  It was released in serial format at the time.  Remember how The Green Mile was released in 1996 by Stephen King?  Readers couldn’t wait for each installment to come out and the waiting just built on the suspense of the classic mystery.  Woman in White explores the unfair legal rights for married women to own property.  Sensational topic in its own right for the times, I am sure.

A close friend of Charles Dickens, William “Wilkie” Collins was one of the best known, best paid of Victorian fiction writers. He was born in London in 1824.  Collins studied law but never practiced and you can see his legal training influencing his writing. He wrote four major novels, The Woman in White (1860), No Name (1862), Armadale (1866) and The Moonstone (1868). With character names like Sir Percival Glyde, Count Fosco and Beautiful Laura, what’s not to like.  And the writing is fine too.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do reading it (again).  Happy reading and to saving souls with good books…

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