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By Wilkie Collins

ISBN-10: 1551110172

ISBN-13: 9781551110172

Wilkie Collins is healthier recognized for his nice secret The Moonstone and the girl in White—and for a existence as sensational as are these novels. (The author who famously urged different novelists to 'make 'em snigger, make 'em cry, make 'em wait' is referred to now to have saved complete families in numerous elements of britain going simultaneously.) but Collins additionally wrote a succession of terribly robust novels of non-public existence; of those The Evil Genius is likely one of the most interesting. the tale is motivates by means of the appeal among Herbert Linley and the lady he hires as governess for his baby Kitty—the lengthy discomfort Sydney Westerfield. As one expects with Collins, the tale is pushed ahead with deft insurance. but he additionally treats the topic of adultery and divorce in a fashion particularly unconventional for his time—and, remarkably, he manages to attract readers right into a sympathetic realizing of either one of the most lady characters: the offending governess and the aggrieved spouse. The Evil Genius used to be a really massive good fortune while first released; certainly, it introduced Collins extra financially than any of his different works. Over a century later its sinews hold the power to talk powerfully to the reader; full of life and clever, it truly is possibly the best of Collins' later novels.

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O. com Broadview Press gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ministry of Canadian Heritage. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program for our publishing activities. PRINTED IN CANADA Page 5 CONTENTS Introduction 7 Footnotes 26 A Note on the Text 31 Select Bibliography 33 William Wilkie Collins: A Brief Chronology 36 The Evil Genius 43 Appendix: Contemporary Documents 353 Explanatory Notes 369 Page 7 INTRODUCTION To borrow a phrase from robert browning's bishop Blougram, Wilkie Collins consistently occupied "the dangerous edge of things" in Victorian life and letters.

See Collins's article ''Dramatic Grub Street" All the Year Round (1863). 442458. 36. 10 & 19. 104) suggests that one attraction of the theatre Page 30 was the access to unconventional women that green-room society provided. 37. 18. 38. Mr Wray's Cash Box and A Rogue's Life, both novellas first published by Collins in Household Worlds, are examples of his early Dickensian comic style. 39. Although the same sub-title was used for the melodrama Poor Miss Finch. 40. Both Gissing and Moore had started to publish naturalistic novels with scenes of marital breakdown by the mid 1880s.

Yale University Press, 1992. Hughes, Winifred. The Maniac in the Cellar: The Sensation Novel of the 1860s. : Princeton University Press, 1980. Lonoff, Sue. Wilkie Collins and His Victorian Readers: A Study in the Rhetoric of Authorship. , 1982. 5 (Sept. 12136. O'Neill, Philip. Wilkie Collins: Women, Property and Propriety. London: Macmillan, 1988. Page, Norman, ed. Wilkie Collins: The Critical Heritage. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1974. Rance, Nicholas. Wilkie Collins and Other Sensation Novelists: Walking the Moral Hospital.

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