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Ackroyd, Peter

Wilkie Collins

  • Editorial: The Hogarth Press
  • Páginas: 200
  • Año: 2012
  • Precio: 17.50 €
  • EAN: 9780701169909

Short and oddly built, with a head too big for his body, extremely short-sighted, unable to stay still, dressed in colourful clothes, ´as if playing a certain part in the great general drama of life´ Wilkie Collins looked distinctily strange. But he was none the less a charmer, befriended by the great, loved by children, irresistibly attractive to women -- and avidly read by generations of readers.

Ackroyd follows his hero, ´the sweetest-tempered of all the Victorian novelists´, from his childhood as the son of a well-known artist to his struggling beginnings as writer, his years of fame and his life-long friendship with the other great London chronicler, Charles Dickens. A true Londoner, Collins, like Dickens, was fascinated by the secrets and crimes -the fraud, blackmail and poisonings- that lay hidden behind the city´s respectable facade. He was a fighter, never afraid to point out injustices and shams, or to tackle the establishment head on. As well as his enduring masterpieces, The Moonstone -often called the first true detective novel- and the sensational Women in White, he produced an intriguing array of lesser known works. But Collins had his own secrets: he never married, but lived for thirty years with the widowed Caroline Graves, and also had a second liaison, as ´Mr and Mrs Dawson´, with a younger mistress, Martha Rudd, with whom he had three children. Both women remained devoted as illness and opium-taking took their toll: he died in 1889, in the middle of writing his last novel -Blind Love. Told with Peter Ackroyd´s inimitable verve this is a ravishingly entertaining life of a great story-teller, full of surprises, rich in humour and sympathetic understanding.

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