skip to content
The king of inventors : a life of Wilkie Collins Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

The king of inventors : a life of Wilkie Collins

Author: Catherine Peters
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1993] ©1991
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
"In this major biography, Catherine Peters explores the complicated life of Wilkie Collins, the greatest of the Victorian "Sensation" novelists and author of the famous Woman in White and The Moonstone. An intimate of Dickens and of the Pre-Raphaelites Holman Hunt and Millais, Collins was called the "king of inventors" by his publisher. On the surface, he was charming, unpretentious, and extremely good company,  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Wilkie Collins; Wilkie Collins; Wilkie Collins; Wilkie Collins
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Peters
ISBN: 0691033927 9780691033921
OCLC Number: 28025683
Notes: Originally published: London : Secker & Warburg, 1991. With corrections and new appendix.
Description: xiii, 502 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Life of Wilkie Collins
Responsibility: Catherine Peters.
More information:

Abstract:

"In this major biography, Catherine Peters explores the complicated life of Wilkie Collins, the greatest of the Victorian "Sensation" novelists and author of the famous Woman in White and The Moonstone. An intimate of Dickens and of the Pre-Raphaelites Holman Hunt and Millais, Collins was called the "king of inventors" by his publisher. On the surface, he was charming, unpretentious, and extremely good company, beloved by men and women. Beneath this facade, however, he was a complex and haunted man, addicted to laudanum, and his powerful, often violent novels revealed a dark side of Victorian life. He supported two common-law wives and their children, and as Peters shows, he provoked scandal by refusing to cloak his complicated love affairs in the customary hypocritical pretense of the period."--BOOK JACKET. "Having discovered a hitherto unknown autobiography by Wilkie Collins's mother, Peters draws on this document and on thousands of Collins's unpublished letters to create this provocative picture of his life and times. She describes in detail the saga of his exhausting struggle for better copyright protection for authors, especially for English authors in the United States. She has also studied the manuscripts of his novels, plays, and stories, including those that he did not complete, finding that some of his neglected novels turn out to be much more interesting than most readers realize today. This edition has been supplemented to include a new appendix describing Collins's "Tahitian" novel. Written when he was twenty, the manuscript of this work, Iolani, was thought to have disappeared, but it has recently been rediscovered. For any Collins enthusiast, or for anyone interested in the literary history of the Victorian period, The King of Inventors provides a vivid account of Collins's unusual personal life in the context of his literary and artistic friendships and of newly revealed facts about the two women with whom he shared his "double life.""--Jacket.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/28025683> # The king of inventors : a life of Wilkie Collins
    a schema:CreativeWork, schema:Book ;
   library:oclcnum "28025683" ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/nju> ;
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1039718> ; # Novelists, English
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/20678468#Topic/novelists_english_19th_century> ; # Novelists, English--19th century
   schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/823.8/e20/> ;
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/20678468#Topic/romanciers_anglais_19e_siecle_biographies> ; # Romanciers anglais--19e siècle--Biographies
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/20678468#Topic/biografie> ; # Biografie
   schema:about <http://viaf.org/viaf/95173526> ; # Wilkie Collins
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/20678468#Event/1800_1899> ; # 1800-1899
   schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/B/e20/> ;
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/20678468#Person/collins_wilkie_1824_1889> ; # Wilkie Collins
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/20678468#Place/grande_bretagne> ; # Grande-Bretagne
   schema:alternateName "Life of Wilkie Collins" ;
   schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
   schema:creator <http://viaf.org/viaf/93913551> ; # Catherine Peters
   schema:datePublished "1993" ;
   schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/20678468> ;
   schema:genre "Biography"@en ;
   schema:genre "Biographies"@en ;
   schema:inLanguage "en" ;
   schema:name "The king of inventors : a life of Wilkie Collins"@en ;
   schema:productID "28025683" ;
   schema:reviews <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/28025683#Review/-615147777> ;
   schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780691033921> ;
   wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/28025683> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/20678468#Person/collins_wilkie_1824_1889> # Wilkie Collins
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:birthDate "1824" ;
   schema:deathDate "1889" ;
   schema:familyName "Collins" ;
   schema:givenName "Wilkie" ;
   schema:name "Wilkie Collins" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/20678468#Topic/romanciers_anglais_19e_siecle_biographies> # Romanciers anglais--19e siècle--Biographies
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Romanciers anglais--19e siècle--Biographies"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1039718> # Novelists, English
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Novelists, English"@en ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/93913551> # Catherine Peters
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:birthDate "1930" ;
   schema:familyName "Peters" ;
   schema:givenName "Catherine" ;
   schema:name "Catherine Peters" ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/95173526> # Wilkie Collins
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:birthDate "1824" ;
   schema:deathDate "1889" ;
   schema:familyName "Collins" ;
   schema:givenName "Wilkie" ;
   schema:name "Wilkie Collins" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780691033921>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
   schema:isbn "0691033927" ;
   schema:isbn "9780691033921" ;
    .

<http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/28025683#Review/-615147777>
    a schema:Review ;
   schema:itemReviewed <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/28025683> ; # The king of inventors : a life of Wilkie Collins
   schema:reviewBody ""In this major biography, Catherine Peters explores the complicated life of Wilkie Collins, the greatest of the Victorian "Sensation" novelists and author of the famous Woman in White and The Moonstone. An intimate of Dickens and of the Pre-Raphaelites Holman Hunt and Millais, Collins was called the "king of inventors" by his publisher. On the surface, he was charming, unpretentious, and extremely good company, beloved by men and women. Beneath this facade, however, he was a complex and haunted man, addicted to laudanum, and his powerful, often violent novels revealed a dark side of Victorian life. He supported two common-law wives and their children, and as Peters shows, he provoked scandal by refusing to cloak his complicated love affairs in the customary hypocritical pretense of the period."--BOOK JACKET. "Having discovered a hitherto unknown autobiography by Wilkie Collins's mother, Peters draws on this document and on thousands of Collins's unpublished letters to create this provocative picture of his life and times. She describes in detail the saga of his exhausting struggle for better copyright protection for authors, especially for English authors in the United States. She has also studied the manuscripts of his novels, plays, and stories, including those that he did not complete, finding that some of his neglected novels turn out to be much more interesting than most readers realize today. This edition has been supplemented to include a new appendix describing Collins's "Tahitian" novel. Written when he was twenty, the manuscript of this work, Iolani, was thought to have disappeared, but it has recently been rediscovered. For any Collins enthusiast, or for anyone interested in the literary history of the Victorian period, The King of Inventors provides a vivid account of Collins's unusual personal life in the context of his literary and artistic friendships and of newly revealed facts about the two women with whom he shared his "double life.""--Jacket." ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.