Wilkie Collins

(William Wilkie Collins)

Wilkie Collins
Wilkie Collins
  • Born: January 8, 1824
  • Died: September 23, 1889
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Novelist

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William Wilkie Collins was an English novelist, playwright, and short story writer, best known for The Woman in White (1859), No Name (1862), Armadale (1866) and The Moonstone (1868). The last has been called the first modern English detective novel. Born to the family of painter William Collins in London, he grew up in Italy and France, learning French and Italian. He began work as a clerk for a tea merchant. After his first novel, Antonina, appeared in 1850, he met Charles Dickens, who became a close friend and mentor. Some of Collins's works appeared first in Dickens's journals All the Year Round and Household Words and they collaborated on drama and fiction. Collins published his best known works in the 1860s, achieving financial stability and an international following. However, he began suffering from gout. Taking opium for the pain developed into an addiction. In the 1870s and 1880s the quality of his writing declined along with his health. Collins was critical of the institution of marriage: he split his time between Caroline Graves, except for a two-year separation, and his common-law wife Martha Rudd, with whom he had three children.

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Every human institution (justice included) will stretch a little, if you only pull it the right way. Justice & Injustice
I am a citizen of the world, and I have met, in my time, with so many different sorts of virtue, that I am puzzled, in my old age, to say which is the right sort and which is the wrong Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
I have always maintained that the one important phenomenon presented by modern society is -- the enormous prosperity of Fools Miscellaneous
The best men are not consistent in good--why should the worst men be consistent in evil? Human Nature
The law will argue anything, with anybody who will pay the law for the use of its brains and its time. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I am not against hasty marriages where a mutual flame is fanned by an adequate income.
I have always maintained that the one important phenomenon presented by modern society is - the enormous prosperity of Fools. Society
It is the nature of truth to struggle to the light. Truth ;Nature
Peace rules the day, where reason rules the mind. War & Peace
The horrid mystery hanging over us in this house gets into my head like liquor, and makes me wild.
The law will argue any thing, with any body who will pay the law for the use of its brains and its time. Time
This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve. Patience
Well may your heart believe the truths I tell; 'Tis virtue makes the bliss, where'er we dwell.