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1. POOR MISS FINCH.
 
2. The DICKENS - COLLINS CHRISTMAS
 
3. Evil genius, The. A story of home
 
4. No Name. In Three Volumes
 
5. The LAMPLIGHTER'S STORY;Hunted
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6. Reprinted pieces, and The lazy
 
7. The NEW MAGDALEN. A Novel. Library
 
8. NO NAME.
 
9. The HOLLY-TREE INN. Being the
 
10. The PERILS Of CERTAIN ENGLISH
11. The Woman in White. In Two Volumes
 
12. The LAZY TOUR Of TWO IDLE APPRENTICES.
 
13. Miss or Mrs?
 
14. The MOONSTONE. With an Introduction
 
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15. The new Magdalen: a novel Volume
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16. The Frozen Deep (Audiobook in
 
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17. Armadale Volume v. 2
 
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18. After dark Volume v. 2
 
19. The dead secret A novel
 
20. The works of Wilkie Collins Volume

1. POOR MISS FINCH.
by Wilkie [1824 - 1889]. Collins
 Hardcover: Pages (1872)

Asin: B002PZD2EE
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Wilkie Collins
If you're a fan of Wilkie Collins, you'll love this book. As is always the case, I hated to put it down.

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor Miss Finch?Poor READER!
Miss Finch is one of the most irritating characters in Collins' work.I think that he might have needed to make some sensational plot developments to sell to the Victorians.He did meticulous research on blindness, restoration of sight, and epilepsy--so this book is a window in Victorian medical practice.

Another reviewer mentioned that Miss Finch's blindness is a stand-in for Victorian density concerning morality/respectability.This may well be.

However, strangling Miss Finch would be enjoyable and justifiable homicide.The narrator is much more typical Collins--very capable and worldly-wise.The "mother" in the book is ripped straight from Dicken's long list of "Bad Moms" with her constant reproduction and failure to actually dress completely during the course of the day.

I don't know who liked Birth Control more--Dickens (who never used it); Collins (with three illegitimate kids to his name), or Trollope (two sons from a long marriage).Apparently these fecund and frivolous moms were based on Mrs. Charles Dickens, whom he kept pregnant for an ungodly amount of time only to abandon her publicly for a sister-in-law.Bad Dickens!Collins liked women and ended up living in two households with 2 "wives" who seem to have adapted to it all.His will made quite clear when and how he had begun to live with them and father illegitimate children.It's a fasinating find on t

4-0 out of 5 stars An Additional Perspective on Poor Miss Finch
The two other reviews of this book are extremely perceptive and well-written. I'd just like to add more on what's truly special about this book, and why I think it deserves a little better notice than it gets.

Yes, the plot is improbable, but it's not exactly singular for that alone. A lot of Victorian-era fiction demands we suspend disbelief. It's a fact the Victorian audience wasn't as completely jaded as we are in the 21st century, so judging it by today's standards isn't entirely fair. The book is romantic and at times laughingly improbable, yes, but it's still what I'd consider a ripping good yarn of a book.

Aside from this, what made it exceptional at the time was the fact no one had really written from a blind person's perspective before, or at least not with the sort of detail and thought Collins did. The passages written after Lucilla regains her sight (okay, cat out of bag partially but there's MUCH MORE to it) are wonders of insightful prose. Collins describes her challenges with things like depth perception, and in thinking about it doesn't that make perfect sense? Lucilla has to close her eyes, at first, just to make her way across a room. Distance has no meaning for her as she'd never seen it before, or hadn't since before she was one year old.

Writing was a challenge, too, though she could write when she was blind. She knew how to form characters but couldn't recognize them when she saw them, much less make them by use of her sight. In another very moving scene Lucilla is shown a round and a square object, and asked "which is round?" She couldn't say. She'd never SEEN the concepts of round and square before. Again, she had to close her eyes and feel them both to know the answer.

Throughout all these "tests" Lucilla felt completely humiliated and stupid that she couldn't do these very basic things, and declared she wished she were blind again. Really moving stuff, written with so much empathy and attention to detail.

That's an even more exceptional dimension to Poor Miss Finch, in case anyone wasn't swayed by the great storyline. I recommend it very highly to those who love Victorian fiction and would like to explore more of Wilkie Collins's works.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Real Curio from the Author of "The Moonstone"
Wilkie Collins will be justly remembered as writer responsible for "The Moonstone" and "The Woman in White," both written in the 1860s, but after the golden decade he continued to write pretty good books, and his fame was not to suffer very much even though he never gained the zenith of his reputation he gained by these two masterpieces."Poor Miss Finch" belongs to such post-"The Moonstone" period of the 1870s when he wrote quaint books -- less mystery but more unusual situations."Poor Miss Finch" is one of them.

The story goes around the heroine Lucilla Finch, who lost sight because of cataract since childhood, and now she leads an independent life in quiet countryside.In her life joins the narrator Madame Prantolungo, and the identical twins (both very handsome) Oscar and Nugent.She falls in love with Oscar, and he in her, butone secret he can never disclose to her greatly troubles him, because by doing so, he might lose her love.In the meantime, Lucilla is given a chance to restore her sight. Then, Collins goes on; What if, with the amazing twists and turns of the story, Lucilla is led to think that Oscar's twin brother Nugent is Oscar himself?

You say it is a very preposterous development (I remembered David Cronenberg film "Dead Ringers" made in 1988), and that has been the general reception of the book since the publication.But the story keeps a good pace, and if you just suspend your disbelief for a while, you may forget the outrageous situation.After all, it was from the pen of master of suspense.But more important thing is behind the surface of text.

Oxford Classics gives very usuful introduction of Catherine Peters, author of acclaimed biography of Wilkie Collins "The King of Inventors," and she places the book in the historical context to explain several aspects of the book.One of the most intriguing is the fact that Collins researched thoroughly medical records of people who regained their sight after long-time blindness since childhood, and their reaction to the newly-given power of seeing.Lucilla experiences many difficulties in identifying objects she sees, and Collins makes good use of those records.Another aspect of the novel which Peters points out is that Collins uses blindness of "Poor Miss Finch" as a means of criticizing rigid Victorian moral codes.As a blind girl, Lucilla is less restrained in observing the strong sense of "respectability."She is made a little willful, obstinate heroine, but it is clearly intentional.With these things in mind, the book might become more entertaining, and inform you something about Vitorians.

As a literary work, "Poor Miss Finch" never achieves the height of "The Moonstone" and "The Woman in White," so I recommend those two books if you haven't read them yet.However, if you are interested in something very unique, you can try this one.

As Peters says in Introduction, intriguing theme of blindnessis recorded in Dr. Oliver Sacks's tale "To See and Not See."This tale can be found in his book "Anthropologist on Mars," and partly became the basis of a film "At First Sight" (1999) starring Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino.The film is not a masterpiece, but still gives some insight to thetopic.

3-0 out of 5 stars A flawed effort...
Lucilla Finch, the protagonist mentioned in the title of this unusual Collins' novel, is not one of his more endearing heroines. Oft times impetuous and fickle, even in her gentlest moments she's impossibly dull,even with the "affliction" of blindness. This is one of the manyflaws in this rare Collins novel. The plot is mercilessly silly and wildlyimplausible. Collin's characters are mostly cardboard- with the exceptionof the narrator.Collins is not asking for reader's pity in Lucilla'splight for love in the sighted world, but pity for those who are bound toit's narrowed understanding. Not one of Collins' more accomplished worksyet in many ways deeply thought provoking. ... Read more


2. The DICKENS - COLLINS CHRISTMAS STORIES Comprising 'No Thoroughfare' and 'The Two Idle Apprentices'.
by Charles [1812 - 1870]. Collins, Wilkie [1824 - 1889]. Dickens
 Hardcover: Pages (1876)

Asin: B000LNZQJQ
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3. Evil genius, The. A story of home life.
by Wilkie 1824-1889 Collins
 Hardcover: Pages (1887-01-01)

Asin: B002ZW6NAC
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4. No Name. In Three Volumes
by Wilkie (1824-1889) Collins
 Hardcover: Pages (1863-01-01)

Asin: B000QXT9OO
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5. The LAMPLIGHTER'S STORY;Hunted Down; The Detective Police; and Other Nouvellettes.
by Charles [1812 - 1870].Collins, Wilkie [1824 - 1889].Gaskell, Elizabeth [1810 - 1865]. Dickens
 Hardcover: Pages (1861)

Asin: B000MZAN1E
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6. Reprinted pieces, and The lazy tour of two idle apprentices;
by Charles Dickens 1812-1870 Dickens Charles 1837-1896. ed Collins Wilkie 1824-1889
Paperback: 448 Pages (1896-12-31)
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This reproduction was printed from a digital file created at the Library of Congress as part of an extensive scanning effort started with a generous donation from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.The Library is pleased to offer much of its public domain holdings free of charge online and at a modest price in this printed format.Seeing these older volumes from our collections rediscovered by new generations of readers renews our own passion for books and scholarship. ... Read more


7. The NEW MAGDALEN. A Novel. Library of Select Novels No. 395.
by Wilkie [1824 - 1889]. Collins
 Hardcover: Pages (1872-01-01)

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8. NO NAME.
by Wilkie [1824 - 1889]. Collins
 Hardcover: Pages (1862)

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9. The HOLLY-TREE INN. Being the Extra Christmas Number of 'Household Words'. Christmas, 1855.
by Charles [1812 - 1870]. Collins, Wilkie [1824 - 1889]. Proctor, Adelaide Anne [1825 - 1864]. Howitt, William [1792 - 1879]. Parr, Harriet [1828 - 1900]. Dickens
 Hardcover: Pages (1855-01-01)

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10. The PERILS Of CERTAIN ENGLISH PRISONERS And Their Treasure in Women, Children, Silver and Jewels. Forming the Christmas Number of Household Words.
by Charles. [1812 - 1870]. Collins, Wilkie [1824 - 1889]. Dickens
 Hardcover: Pages (1857)

Asin: B002PZCYT8
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11. The Woman in White. In Two Volumes
by Wilkie (1824-1889) Collins
Hardcover: Pages (1860)

Asin: B000QXV3VQ
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12. The LAZY TOUR Of TWO IDLE APPRENTICES. NO THROROUGHFARE. The PERILS Of CERTAIN ENGLISH PRISONERS.
by Charles [1812 - 1870]. Collins, Wilkie [1824 - 1889]. Dickens
 Hardcover: Pages (1890)

Asin: B002VXN8M6
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13. Miss or Mrs?
by Collins. Wilkie. 1824-1889.
 Paperback: Pages (1892-01-01)

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14. The MOONSTONE. With an Introduction by Vincent Starrett.
by Wilkie [1824 - 1889]. Collins
 Hardcover: Pages (1959-01-01)

Asin: B001O31XTY
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15. The new Magdalen: a novel Volume v. 1
by Collins Wilkie 1824-1889, PV: Bartley Mrs
 Paperback: 308 Pages (2010-10-04)
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16. The Frozen Deep (Audiobook in MP3 Format)
by Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)
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Audiobook in MP3 Format (NOTE: You must use an MP3 compatible player, the disk will appear blank on a non-compatible player)*****Total running time: 3:05:58*****Read by Diana Majlinger*****The Frozen Deep is a story of a love triangle between Clara, Frank and Richard, spiced up with dangerous expeditions, mysterious visions and life-threatening circumstances. The end is as surprising and unexpected as we are (or are not) accustomed to in Collins' books. ... Read more


17. Armadale Volume v. 2
by Collins Wilkie 1824-1889
 Paperback: 402 Pages (2010-10-04)
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18. After dark Volume v. 2
by Collins Wilkie 1824-1889
 Paperback: 332 Pages (2010-10-04)
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19. The dead secret A novel
by Wilkie, 1824-1889 Collins
 Paperback: Pages (2009-10-26)

Asin: B003O6XJTQ
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Collins
I love Wilkie Collins' style of writing; an adept storyteller, there's depth to his novels that makes reading his work so rewarding. I've read now four books by him (The Woman in White, No Name, The Moonstone, and The Dead Secret) and every one has been a winner. The Dead Secret is no exception. A precursor to The Woman in White, the reader can definitely see the workings and methods he had in place for this next great novel. He incorporates mistaken identities, illegitimacy, ghostly encounters, creepy atmosphere, secrets, and even a bit of moral about the importance of trust, honesty, and faithfulness, especially within the family. He also has colorful, off beat, minor characters who give a little comic relief to the mystery every now and then. Collins has a way of bringing every mystery to life; as we read, we experience the suspicion, anxieties and fears along with the main characters. We are led to guess as much as they are, so it is a treat to enjoy a book by him.

The Dead Secret's first scene pulls you in right away. At Porthgenna Tower, Mrs. Treverson is on her death bed with her faithful lady servant, Sarah Leeson. There is a secret that only those two women are aware of. In her final moments, Mrs. Treverson apparently wants to clear her conscious of this secret and inform her husband. She has Sarah get a paper and begin to write down a note concerning the secret, and is in the process of having her swear to tell the secret when death takes her. Beforehand, she had startled the already nervous servant by telling her that she would visit "from the other world" to make sure she had fulfilled her promise. Sarah's agitation at her mistress' final words is evident, but she is determined to keep this secret away from those at the Treverson household. Resolving to slip away from Porthgenna Tower after hiding the secret in one of the north rooms, she avoids questioning by Captain Treverson about revealing what Mrs. Treverson had said on her death bed. The story shifts to fifteen years later, with Rosamond Treverson and her blind husband, Leonard Franklin, preparing to live in Porthgenna Tower (years later the house had been purchased by the Franklins). Several events delay Rosamond and Leonard from getting there, one of which is the birth of a daughter. Circumstances force a mysterious nurse, Mrs. Jazeph, to come and care for Rosamond during her days after giving birth. Mrs. Jazeph acts odd indeed, which both frightens and intrigues Rosamond, as the nurse seems to have visions of a ghostly apparition. Mrs. Jazeph is eventually dismissed, but not before extending an ominous warning to Rosamond: "Don't go into the Myrtle Room!" From here, Rosamond and Leonard are off to their long awaited destination, with the ominous warning in Rosamond's mind. Naturally the first thing Rosamond wants to do is find the Myrtle Room at Porthgenna Tower. The story focuses from here on what the secret is, who will find it, and what repercussions will come once it is found.

There is a race against time from those who want the secret found and those who want it hid. Deception is at the heart of the story, but you can usually stay one step ahead of what is going on. Although the "secret" is revealed with some time to spare in the novel, the unraveling of events still make for an enjoyable conclusion.

I would probably rank The Dead Secret a shade below some of the more prominent ones (No Name, The Woman in White, The Moonstone), but it is still highly entertaining. It is a relatively shorter work compared to those, running at a little over three hundred pages, and, although less complex than the big novels, is a fascinating atmospheric mystery.

Another fantastic read from Collins!

4 1/2 stars








4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Wilkie Collins Book
It took a little while for me to get into this book, but after I did, it really got interesting. This events in this book, I would never like to experience, myself.Interseting concept, though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific mystery novel!
When Rosamond Treverton dies she urges her maid, Sarah Leeson, to deliver a letter containing a terrible secret to her husband. The secret is so horrible that the dying Rosamond threatens Sarah with coming back from the grave if the letter is destroyed or removed from the home. Sarah does neither of these things, but the secret remains hidden and is never delivered to Rosamond's husband after her death.

When Rosamond's daughter, who bears her name, grows up she inherits the ancient home of Porthgenna Tower. Rosmand and her husband arrive at the Tower only to be haunted by the secrets hidden within its walls.

The Dead Secret is one of Wilkie Collins's finest mystery novels. I was a little disappointed with the big revelation, but the mystery leading up to the big disclosure was Collins at his best.

The novel is full of wonderfully vivid characters such as: Andrew Treverton, Mr Shrowl and Uncle Joseph. I found the character development in this book very impressive. They reminded me of characters from a Charles Dickens novel. The Dead Secret is an intriguing mystery novel that will keep you awake at night. If you loved The Moonstone, you must read this novel.

4-0 out of 5 stars dark and enticing
This thriller captures you from the first chapter. Very dark and mysterious. In modern times, the end of this storyprobably seems predictable, but I think Collins was ahead of his time, and I'm sure that people reading this story in the 1800's never would have guessed what "the secret" really was. This story itself is so interesting that it doesn't really matter whether or not you figure out the ending. It's the journey that really counts here. It was so captivating that I could hardly put it down, and I finished it in 5 days.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Mr. Collins
Wilkie Collins was in a class by himself. This lesser known tale
was a favorite of mine and I gave it as a gift. ... Read more


20. The works of Wilkie Collins Volume 7 pt.2
by Wilkie, 1824-1889 Collins
 Paperback: Pages (2009-10-26)

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