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STORY BY Wilkie Collins

A Rogue's Life

A Rogue's Life

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A delightful tale of thwarted ambition and forbidden love, A Rogue"s Life follows the fortunes of an endearing young man. Proffering his own take on picaresque storytelling-and with many a grain of truth for twenty-somethings today-this is Wilkie Collins at his entertaining best.As part of our mission to publish great works of literary fiction and nonfiction, Sheba Blake Publishing Corp. is extremely dedicated to bringing to the forefront the amazing works of long dead and truly talented authors.

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The Woman in White

The Woman in White

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One of the earliest works of ‘detective’ fiction with a narrative woven together from multiple characters, Wilkie Collins partly based his infamous novel on a real-life eighteenth century case of abduction and wrongful imprisonment. In 1859, the story caused a sensation with its readers, hooking their attention with the ghostly first scene where the mysterious ‘Woman in White’ Anne Catherick comes across Walter Hartright. Chilling, suspenseful and tense in mood, the novel remains as emotive for its readers today as when it was first published.

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The Two Destinies

The Two Destinies

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"The Two Destinies" is a novel written by English author Wilkie Collins, first published in 1876 and dedicated to Charles Reade.  Collins explores the themes of "destined spirits" and supernatural visions. "The Two Destinies" tells the tricky love story of Mary and George.  Set in a time in England when social class was very important, Mary Dermody is destined to be together with George Germaine one day, or so at least her grandmother prophesies. Destiny at first doesn"t seem to adhere to this plan, and the pair is separated and lose sight of each other. But when George saves a young woman from drowning, a strong connection seems to develop between them, which seems to be almost supernatural...

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The Law and the Lady

The Law and the Lady

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Wilkie Collins is one of the early writers of detective fiction, most famous for his "The Woman in White" and "The Moonstone", two works that established his reputation among the reading public of his time who eagerly awaited the serialised releases of each of his stories. "The Law and the Lady" is a later work, published in 1875, with probably the first female sleuth in the genre.Despite the grave misgivings of both their families, Valeria Brinton and Eustace Woodville are married. But before long the new bride begins to suspect a dark secret in her husband"s past and when she discovers that he has been living under a false name, she determines to find out why he is concealing his true identity from her.Three years ago, her husband stood accused of murder - and the verdict that came in from the jury was the Scottish Verdict, Not Proven. The jury had not evidence enough to convict him - nor enough to comfortably exonerate him. Eustace could not bear the weight of her discovery; he fled to the continent, to live in anonymity. But Valeria knew her husband, and she loved him. She knew he was innocent, too, with the sort of intuition that guides the lucky flawlessly. And she set out to prove it to the world.

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The Moonstone

The Moonstone

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First published in 1868, "The Moonstone", by Wilkie Collins, is an exciting nineteenth century English detective story and his masterpiece. One of the earliest and best English detective novels, "The Moonstone" is unlike any other mystery you"ll ever read.The moonstone in the title refers to a brilliant but flawed gem seized by a British officer in India. He brought it back to England as a family heirloom - with a supposed curse placed upon it. The officer bequeathed the stone to his niece, Rachel Verinder, for her to inherit when she turns 18. The night of her 18th birthday, the Moonstone goes missing. Everyone connected with Rachel at her family estate in Yorkshire is under suspicion. It is up to the London detective, Sergeant Cuff, to solve the crime...

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No Name

No Name

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"No Name" was published at the peak of Wilkie Collins"s career in 1862 and is considered one of his four major novels. Written between "The Woman in White" and "The Moonstone", "No Name" was rejected as immoral by critics of its time, but is today regarded as a novel of outstanding social insight, showing Collins at the height of his powers.Magdalen Vanstone and her sister Norah learn the true meaning of social stigma in Victorian England only after the traumatic discovery that their dearly loved parents, whose sudden deaths have left them orphans, were not married at the time of their birth. Disinherited by law and brutally ousted from Combe-Raven, the idyllic country estate which has been their peaceful home since childhood, the two young women are left to fend for themselves. While the submissive Norah follows a path of duty and hardship as a governess, her high-spirited and rebellious younger sister has made other decisions. Determined to regain her rightful inheritance at any cost, Magdalen uses her unconventional beauty and dramatic talent in recklessly pursuing her revenge. Aided by the audacious swindler Captain Wragge, she braves a series of trials leading up to the climactic test: can she trade herself in marriage to the man she loathes? 

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The Moonstone

The Moonstone

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I address these lines—written in India—to my relatives in England.My object is to explain the motive which has induced me to refuse the right hand of friendship to my cousin, John Herncastle. The reserve which I have hitherto maintained in this matter has been misinterpreted by members of my family whose good opinion I cannot consent to forfeit. I request them to suspend their decision until they have read my narrative. And I declare, on my word of honour, that what I am now about to write is, strictly and literally, the truth.The private difference between my cousin and me took its rise in a great public event in which we were both concerned—the storming of Seringapatam, under General Baird, on the 4th of May, 1799.In order that the circumstances may be clearly understood, I must revert for a moment to the period before the assault, and to the stories current in our camp of the treasure in jewels and gold stored up in the Palace of Seringapatam.One of the wildest of these stories related to a Yellow Diamond—a famous gem in the native annals of India.

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I say no

I say no

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Mystery story published in 1884 with the heroine turning detective, to reveal the truth about the death of her father.  The plot relies heavily on coincidence and, as in The Law and the Lady, a supposed murder turns out to have been suicide.

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Blind love

Blind love

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The novel recounts the story of Lord Harry Norland, a member of a squad of political assassins; the book"s heroine is Iris Henley, a bold and nonconformist Englishwoman who falls in love with the Irish Norland despite his criminal activities. The title was originally to have been Lord Harry, the colloquial name for the devil.

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The Moonstone

The Moonstone

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The Moonstone is one of the first true works of detective fiction, in which Wilkie Collins established the groundwork for the genre itself. The Moonstone, a priceless yellow diamond, is looted from an Indian temple and maliciously bequeathed to Rachel Verinder. On her eighteenth birthday, her friend and suitor Franklin Blake brings the gift to her. That very night, it is stolen again. No one is above suspicion, as the idiosyncratic Sergeant Cuff and the Franklin piece together a puzzling series of events as mystifying as an opium dream and as deceptive as the nearby Shivering Sand. The intricate plot and modern technique of multiple narrators made Wilkie Collins"s 1868 work a huge success in the Victorian sensation genre. With a reconstruction of the crime, red herrings and a "locked-room" puzzle, The Moonstone was also a major precursor of the modern mystery novel.

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