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November Meet-up: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Please join me in November when we read a classic whodunnit!

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins- Generally considered the first English sensation novel, The Woman in White features the remarkable heroine Marian Halcombe and her sleuthing partner, drawing master Walter Hartright, pitted against the diabolical team of Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde. A gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness, and mistaken identity, Collins's psychological thriller has never been out of print in the 140 years since its publication.

The Woman in White is Wilkie Collins' fifth published novel, written in 1859. 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".

The story is sometimes considered an early example of detective fiction with the hero, Walter Hartright, employing many of the sleuthing techniques of later private detectives. The use of multiple narrators draws on Collins's legal training, and as he points out in his Preamble: "the story here presented will be told by more than one pen, as the story of an offence against the laws is told in Court by more than one witness". In 2003, Robert McCrum writing for The Observer listed The Woman in White  number 23 in "the top 100 greatest novels of all time", and the novel was listed at number 77 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.

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  • Andrea P.

    Totally agree!! Thanks for a really fun evening discussing a book I've always wanted to read. Just saw a new documentary about Alice Walker and made me realize how many great options we have for a February selection!!

    2 · November 24, 2013

  • Marilyn

    Thanks Carissa & Brixton for hosting a great evening! It was a special treat to meet the little guy over our book discussion. Loved hearing everyone's viewpoints about this book - very interesting!

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so sorry I missed this - I discovered Wilkie Collins last year and loved this one!

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Carissa

    Ladies, thanks for coming out on this rainy Tues. night! It was great to see everyone and thanks for making my first time with the little guy so freaking easy! So nice that you can all carry a conversation without me, get the vote started, and pay the bill (with extra money left over)! I love you guys!!

    2 · November 19, 2013

    • Katie

      Great to see you both, Carissa!

      1 · November 21, 2013

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