America’s leading review of the arts and intellectual life
Wilkie Collins’s page-turners
The life and work of Wilkie Collins, master of the Victorian page-turner.
was right!Support The
There is nothing like a good read. And Wilkie Collins was the master of the Victorian page-turner, the long, heavily plotted “sensation novel” that revealed the secrets lurking beneath the surface of seemingly placid households, each chapter irresistibly leading to the next. In the words of a contemporary critic, “Nobody leaves one of his tales unfinished.” Collins was the ultimate craftsman of the controlled ratcheting of suspense and surprise. Who can ever forget the build-up to Walter Hartwri ...
This article is available to subscribers and for individual purchase
This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 32 May 2014, on page 20
Copyright © 2015 The New Criterion | www.newcriterion.comhttp://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/Wilkie-Collins-s-page-turners-7889
E-mail to friend
Remembering the great historian, Edmund Sears Morgan.
by Gene Dattel
The South is largely blamed for the failure of Reconstruction, but what of the North's responsibility?
September 29 2015
Friends and Young Friends Event: Book Launch Party with Peter Pettus
October 02 2015
Friends and Young Friends Event: "The Corruption of our Political Institutions," a symposium
The Walter Duranty Prize for Journalistic Mendacity
Introduction to The Kennedy Phenomenon
The Kennedy Phenomenon: "Watching the Kennedy Train-Wreck"
Aug 31, 2015 12:50 PM