William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 – 23 September 1889) used to be an English novelist, playwright, and brief tale author. His best-known works are the lady in White (1859), No identify (1862), Armadale (1866) and The Moonstone (1868). The final is taken into account the 1st sleek English detective novel.
Born into the kinfolk of painter William Collins in London, he lived along with his relations in Italy and France as a baby and realized French and Italian. He labored as a clerk for a tea service provider. After his first novel, Antonina, was once released in 1850, he met Charles Dickens, who grew to become a detailed good friend, mentor and collaborator. a few of Collins's works have been first released in Dickens' journals all of the 12 months around and loved ones phrases and the 2 collaborated on drama and fiction.
Collins released his top recognized works within the 1860s and completed monetary balance and a global popularity. in the course of that point he all started being affected by gout. After taking opium for the soreness, he constructed an dependancy. throughout the 1870s and Eighteen Eighties the standard of his writing declined together with his health.
Collins was once serious of the establishment of marriage and not married; he break up his time among Caroline Graves, aside from a two-year separation, and his common-law spouse Martha Rudd, with whom he had 3 children.
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