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A Good Place To Start

The Woman in White 2
The Moonstone 1

A Bad Place To Start

Basil 1


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Wilkie Collins

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jaime January 30th, 2006 08:11 AM PST

Wilkie Collins is a Victorian author who wrote wonderfully Gothic mysteries. If you like the Victorian tales of wronged heiresses they used to always show on "Mystery!" then, you would like Wilkie. Both "The Moonstone" and "The Woman in White" are good books to start with.


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William Wilkie Collins (8 January 182423 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and writer of short stories. He was hugely popular in his time, and wrote 27 novels, more than 50 short stories, at least 15 plays, and over 100 pieces of non-fiction work.
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