The Woman in White

The Woman in White is an epistolary novel written by Wilkie Collins in 1859, serialized in 1859–1860, and first published in book form in 1860. It is considered to be among the first mystery novels and is widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of 'sensation novels'.

As was customary at that time, The Woman in White was first published as a magazine serial. The first episode appeared on 29 November 1859, following Charles Dickens's own A Tale of Two Cities in Dickens's magazine All the Year Round in England, and Harper's Magazine in America. It caused an immediate sensation. Julian Symons (in his 1974 introduction to the Penguin edition) reports that “queues formed outside the offices to buy the next instalment. Bonnets, perfumes, waltzes and quadrilles were called by the book's title. Gladstone cancelled a theatre engagement to go on reading it. And Prince Albert sent a copy to Baron Stockmar.”
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Leylashared an impression7 days ago
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I will try to convey what this book meant to me all this week long. I began to read mainly because of the cover (yes, I'm that superficial). A portrait of a victorian lady in a cover was just too much temptation. My first impressions on the book were based on false suppositions. Not being English my mother tongue and believing that the author's name was that of a female, I undertook my reading well pleased. When I first met Miss Halcombe my supposition was but confirmed. Who else but a woman would have created such a strong female character? I was wrong, and allow me to say I happily accepted it when I found out. It just makes him admire the most; being a man in victorian England (as sexist as it was) and treating women's problems as hard as they were and creating such a complex character is formidable and admirable.
Besides that, two more reasons captivated me. First, the writing games, the framed tales, the way in which something is announced but never enunciated quite soon(this works beautifully in Spanish anunciado-enunciado). Second, I could feel the tension of the mistery, my heart beating fast; I was really distressed. Every time I finished a chapter I had to beg for more, luckily I had it (not like our victorian friends :/).
This book will have you on the very edge of your feelings, your brains and your chair.

torystar15shared an impression6 months ago

Great story that keeps you guessing and turning pages ????????


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This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve.
Events which I have yet to relate make it necessary to mention in this place that my father had been dead some years at the period of which I am now writing; and that my sister Sarah and I were the sole survivors of a family of five children. My father was a drawing-master before me. His exertions had made him highly successful in his profession; and his affectionate anxiety to provide f
This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve.
either my mother's evident astonishment at my behaviour, nor Pesca's fervid enumeration of the advantages offered to me by the new e

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