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Wilkie Collins: A Brief Life free pdf A gripping short biography of the extraordinary Wilkie Collins, author of"The Moonstone"and"The Woman in White," two early masterpieces of mystery and detection. Short and oddly built, with a head too big for his body, extremely nearsighted, unable to stay still, dressed in colorful clothes, Wilkie Collins looked distinctly strange. But he was nonetheless a charmer, befriended by the great, loved by children, irresistibly attractive to women and avidly read by generations of readers. Peter Ackroyd follows his hero, "the sweetest-tempered of all the Victorian novelists," fromCollins' childhood as the son of a well-known artist to his struggling beginnings as a writer, his years of fame, and his lifelong friendship with that other great London chronicler, Charles Dickens. In addition to his enduring masterpieces, "The Moonstone" often called the first true detective novel and the sensational"The Woman in White," he produced an intriguing array of lesser known works. Told with Ackroyd's inimitable verve, this is a ravishingly entertaining life of a great storyteller, full of surprises, rich in humor and sympathetic understanding."

About Peter Ackroyd

PETER ACKROYD is the author of"London: The Biography," "Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination," "Shakespeare: The Biography," and"Thames: The Biography." He has written acclaimed biographies of T. S. Eliot, Dickens, Blake, and Sir Thomas More as well as several successful novels. He has won the Whitbread Book Award for Biography, the Royal Society of Literature's William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the South Bank Award for Literature. His last book was a biography of Charlie Chaplin."

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Author : Peter Ackroyd
Publisher : Nan A. Talese
Data Published : 06 October 2015
ISBN : 0385537395
EAN : 9780385537391
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 272 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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