Armadale, Volume II ebook
by Wilkie Collins
Armadale is a novel by Wilkie Collins, first published in 1864–66. It is the third of his four 'great novels' of the 1860s: after The Woman in White (1859–60) and No Name (1862), and before The Moonstone (1868).
Armadale is a novel by Wilkie Collins, first published in 1864–66.
The two-volume Armadale cost 26 shillings. With twenty illustrations by george h. thomas. London: Smith, elder and c. 65, cornhill.
WILKIE COLLINS was born in London in 1824, the eldest son of the landscape painter William Collins. In 1846, having spent five years in the tea business, he was entered to read for the bar at Lincoln’s Inn, where he gained the legal knowledge that was to give him much material for his writing. From the early 1850s, he was a friend of Charles Dickens, acting with him, contributing to Household Words, travelling with him on the Continent. Dickens produced and acted in two melodramas written by Collins, The Lighthouse (1855) and The Frozen Deep (1857).
Often considered the father of the English detective novel, Collins has thrilled readers with suspenseful gothic tales such as The Woman in White and The Moonstone. Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens.
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Having greatly enjoyed Wilkie Collins’ novels The Woman in White and The Moonstone, I turned to Armadale with great anticipation, and baggy and imperfect as it is, it did not disappoint. A more convoluted plot would be difficult to imagine. Allan Armadale disinherits his son, Allan Armadale, leaving his fortune to his nephew on the condition that said nephew changes his name to, you guessed it, Allan Armadale.
I haven't quite finished the book yet. I'm about 72 percent though. I've read many of Wilkie Collins' books but this one I've found to be a difficult read. I just didn't like the two Allens. Both seemed unlikeable to me and not very intelligent, so I didn't care what happened to them.
Advertisement for Armadale . Presentation copy to Lady Louisa Goldsmid, wife of Sir Francis Goldsmid, MP and noted Jewish philanthropist. Collins's longest novel, published in 1866 and dedicated to John Forster. Collins wrote in the preface 'Viewed by the Clap-trap morality of the day, this may be a very daring book. Judged by the Christian morality which is of all time, it is simply a book daring enough to speak the truth. The critics rose to the challenge.
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