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  • Title: Wilkie Collins: A Brief Life
  • Author: Peter Ackroyd
  • ISBN: 9780385537391
  • Page: 224
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  1. Peter Ackroyd

    Peter Ackroyd CBE is an English novelist and biographer with a particular interest in the history and culture of London.Peter Ackroyd s mother worked in the personnel department of an engineering firm, his father having left the family home when Ackroyd was a baby He was reading newspapers by the age of 5 and, at 9, wrote a play about Guy Fawkes Reputedly, he first realized he was gay at the age of 7.Ackroyd was educated at St Benedict s, Ealing and at Clare College, Cambridge, from which he graduated with a double first in English In 1972, he was a Mellon Fellow at Yale University in the United States The result of this fellowship was Ackroyd s Notes for a New Culture, written when he was only 22 and eventually published in 1976 The title, a playful echo of T S Eliot s Notes Towards the Definition of Culture 1948 , was an early indication of Ackroyd s penchant for creatively exploring and reexamining the works of other London based writers.Ackroyd s literary career began with poetry, including such works as London Lickpenny 1973 and The Diversions of Purley 1987 He later moved into fiction and has become an acclaimed author, winning the 1998 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the biography Thomas More and being shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1987.Ackroyd worked at The Spectator magazine between 1973 and 1977 and became joint managing editor in 1978 In 1982 he published The Great Fire of London, his first novel This novel deals with one of Ackroyd s great heroes, Charles Dickens, and is a reworking of Little Dorrit The novel set the stage for the long sequence of novels Ackroyd has produced since, all of which deal in some way with the complex interaction of time and space, and what Ackroyd calls the spirit of place It is also the first in a sequence of novels of London, through which he traces the changing, but curiously consistent nature of the city Often this theme is explored through the city s artists, and especially its writers.Ackroyd has always shown a great interest in the city of London, and one of his best known works, London The Biography, is an extensive and thorough discussion of London through the ages His fascination with London literary and artistic figures is also displayed in the sequence of biographies he has produced of Ezra Pound 1980 , T S Eliot 1984 , Charles Dickens 1990 , William Blake 1995 , Thomas More 1998 , Chaucer 2004 , William Shakespeare 2005 , and J M W Turner The city itself stands astride all these works, as it does in the fiction.From 2003 to 2005, Ackroyd wrote a six book non fiction series Voyages Through Time , intended for readers as young as eight This was his first work for children The critically acclaimed series is an extensive narrative of key periods in world history.Early in his career, Ackroyd was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1984 and, as well as producing fiction, biography and other literary works, is also a regular radio and television broadcaster and book critic.In the New Year s honours list of 2003, Ackroyd was awarded the CBE.

542 thoughts on “Wilkie Collins: A Brief Life”

  1. Poor William Wilkie Collins, destined forever to fall under the shadow of Charles Dickens, his contemporary and his friend Poor William Wilkie Collins, a man who wrote two great novels and a lot of middling ones But, oh, how captivating this master of Victorian melodrama could be, how mesmerising, how compelling I read The Woman in White in less than a day, horribly fascinated by the dastardly deeds of Sir Percival Gylde and Count Fosco, two of the most delightfully dark villains in all of Victo [...]


  2. This very short biography of Victorian author Wilkie Collins is breezy in style and it skims the surface of his colorful life Readers are given facts about his childhood, oddly shaped body, dislike of marriage, two mistresses, friendship with Charles Dickens, travels abroad, and illnesses, but with only 233 small size pages of text there isn t room to go into much depth about them all I would have liked to learn about how the two mistresses managed their relationships with Collins overlapped, a [...]


  3. I met Wilkie Collins a few years ago when Heather Ordover s CraftLit did The Woman in White I loved it It was entirely unexpected and fun and quirky and altogether engaging and, come to find out, all of those adjectives can be equally applied to the author And also to this biography Ackroyd is a deeply enjoyable writer, who obviously has a solid knowledge and affection for Collins I actually wish this had been longer, deeper but, as it is, it s lovely as an appetizer, something to whet the appet [...]


  4. My friend saw this on the recently arrived table at his local school library and took it out for me because he knows I m a Peter Ackroyd fangirl.My friend then totally outed himself and asked Who is Wilkie Collins.Sometimes I want to cry.I love Wilkie Collins and I love Peter Ackroyd so it is not surprising that I loved this book Collins is one of the best mystery writers, and unlike his famous friend, Dickens, actually writes good women characters It is wonderful to read a biography of him tha [...]


  5. This is a brief sketch that doesn t in the end leave us with a much deeper understanding of Collins, but it does entice you into further reading There are a few novels I would read just based on how Ackroyd described and analyzed them Like Basil, for how it talks about obsessive love at first sight, and that other one about vivisection and the creepy scientist.It was odd though how each and every one of Collins vacations seemed to be listed here Who caresThere was this passage talking about how [...]


  6. WILKIE COLLINS 2015 Peter Ackroyd .Back in the early 1960s I bought a set of Wilke Collins novels at an auction for the grand price of 0.25 per volume The set has since departed in one of my moves, but I think there were about twenty volumes I immediately read The Moonstone, and The Woman in White, both of which I enjoyed I then tried to read several other novels by him, but was discouraged by the style of writing prevalent in the Victorian era I didn t know much about Collins, so when I saw thi [...]


  7. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally Wilkie Collins A Brief Life is the newest volume in the series of the same name by popular historian Peter Ackroyd, whose London The Biography I m a huge fan of as befitting its name, this particular series is an attempt to present informative and entertaining biographies of various second tier famous figures throug [...]


  8. I can highly recommend this short biography which charts the life and career of the author of The Woman in White, one of my favourite Victorian authors I enjoyed learning about the way he flouted Victorian protocol and lived with his mistress for many years while having three children with another much younger mistress who lived across the park just two streets away He was free in spirit and certainly unconventional however in his stories, he did delve into the seedy side of life and of those le [...]


  9. Read by Michael Pennington.blurb Short and oddly built, with a head too big for his body, extremely short sighted, unable to stay still, dressed in colourful clothes, as if playing a certain part in the great general drama of life Wilkie Collins looked distinctly strange But he was none the less a charmer, befriended by the great, loved by children, irresistibly attractive to women and avidly read by generations of readers Peter Ackroyd follows his hero, the sweetest tempered of all the Victoria [...]


  10. Biographies and non fiction are always such an interesting genre for me It must be such a challenge trying to research a person or subject so famous or well known and still be able to bring something new to the table Not to mention write a book that doesn t read like a boring history timeline with a bunch of dates and milestones in a person s life.So I am always intrigued when non fiction and or biographies come across my nightstand for review, if the person or subject interests me I usually giv [...]


  11. I have always loved Wilkie Collins Woman in White and The Moonstone were my two favorite stories so I was very excited to read about his life Oh I almost forgot about Armadale We have a very olde antebellum home here in Oxford named Armadale and I have always wanted to go inside It is closed now We used to have pilgrimages of all the Antebellums along the Main Street of Lamar Drive The houses were beautiful Wilkie Collins was best known for his short stories and especially his first detective st [...]


  12. For an author so lauded in his time, he even rivalled Dickens at times, Wilkie Collins is now mainly remembered for two novels, The Moonstone and The Woman in White The rest of his work is often, perhaps surprisingly, relegated to also rans.Peter Ackroyd tells his story with sympathy and understanding and his detail is, as is always the case with his work, superb He begins by a less than flattering picture of the Victorian author, At five feet and six inches he was relatively short his head was [...]


  13. From BBC Radio 4 Book of the week Peter Ackroyd charts the life of Wilkie Collins From his childhood as the son of an artist, to his struggles to become a writer, and his life long friendship with Charles Dickens.Short and oddly built, with a head too big for his body, extremely short sighted, unable to stay still, dressed in colourful clothes, as if playing a certain part in the great general drama of life Wilkie Collins looked distinctly strange But he was none the less a charmer, befriended b [...]


  14. Extremely readable, fascinating account of the life and works of Wilkie Collins including many quotes by his friend and often co writer Charles Dickens I had no idea Collins and Dickens wrote and often performed in so many plays together It was interesting to read about the cult following Collins had after his early works appeared as serial releases in magazines The Moonstone has always been a favorite of mine and learning about the process of writing it and Collins feelings about it, the public [...]


  15. A fascinating biography of a little known, unsung hero of English literature I remember reading and loving The Woman in White in college, but little did I know how much he affected storytelling in a lasting way that has carried through to today He helped cultivate detective fiction, invented sensation novels, and re created the female characters in English literature This short and easy to read biography was filled with page after page of behind the scenes of an author, a dramatist, and a time i [...]


  16. Full of fun details of the era, but there are not all that many new details of Collins himself Well worth reading


  17. Really liked this biography I liked the length and how quirkily is that a word it was written Wilkie would have approved



  18. British biographer Peter Ackroyd, who has authored notable and acclaimed series of Brief Lives on Poe, J.M.W Turner, Newton, Charlie Chaplin, he has also written best selling biographies of Shakespeare, Dickens, Moore, Blake, and others Ackroyd turns his attention to a lesser known Victorian novelist Wilkie Collins A Brief Life Collins wrote the masterpiece classic The Woman In White 1860 and Moonstone 1868 recognized as the first true detective novel He wrote numerous other books, and with Dick [...]


  19. By brief the author means 200 pages rather than the usual 400 pages of literary biographies some bios span volumes of 400 pages each This book is readable with a stylish British prose Disappointingly it covers many but not all of Collins s works The outline of the novelist s life is there, with names, dates, travels, children, affairs, friends, family, etc.What I missed was the female perspective This book is so overwhelmingly masculine in values and perception that I felt it could easily have b [...]


  20. Very light reading Some biographies leave you with a deeper understanding of the author and by extension their works as person and others with just a deeper understanding of their appointment book and travels This one is the latter There were brief glimpses into Collins motivations as a writer but overall it just seemed like a stream of Collins lived, ate and traveled here notes to me The author spent a great deal of time on Collins relationship with Dickens and then barely a sentence on how his [...]


  21. bbc iplayer episode c iplayer episode Following the death of his beloved father William, Wilkie embarks on a memoir to celebrate his lifec iplayer episode Wilkie Collins meets Caroline Graves in unusual circumstances She will become the companion of his life.Part four By 1863, Wilkie Collins has found great literary success with works including The Woman in White And soon another woman enters his life.Part five Wilkie s first child with Martha Rudd is born and Caroline returns to Gloucester Plac [...]


  22. A fascinating biography of a little known, unsung hero of English literature I remember reading and loving The Woman in White in college, but little did I know how much he affected storytelling in a lasting way that has carried through to today He helped cultivate detective fiction, invented sensation novels, and re created the female characters in English literature This short and easy to read biography was filled with page after page of behind the scenes of an author, a dramatist, and a time i [...]



  23. 2016 TOP PICK 5 out of 5 StarsReview by Mark PalmA Gem of a Book.When all other criterion fails, many believe that time is the best test of whether a work of art has merit True art, some folk say, is timeless, and if a work doesn t last, it must have failed the test If you believe that, then I have some prime beach front real estate for sale, cheap Fashion, and even likely, luck, are as important as artistic merit, and if you think I am wrong check out the clunkers that find their way on nearly [...]


  24. The high Victorian age saw the rise of the novel as we know it Taxes on paper had been abolished and advances in printing technology led to an increase in book production Circulating libraries and monthly magazines offered affordable access to literature to the masses Shilling Shockers were hawked for reading on the trains Millions of working men and women were buying up cheap penny journals.The new class of readers wanted a new kind of novel Sensationalism, sentimentality, and melodrama were in [...]


  25. As a fan of Victorian novels, many years ago I asked a neighbor also a well read fan what novels and which authors she recommended Without batting an eyelash she said The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins I have since read that plus The Moonstone, No Name, The Dead Secret, Miss or Mrs , The Haunted Hotel, and The Guilty River I enjoyed each one, with the first two being superb.So it was that I was eager to read Peter Ackroyd s brief book about Collins, having seen the review of it in an October i [...]


  26. I have really got into Wilkie Collins of late, ands after reading what most critics say are his two best novels, The Woman in White and The Moonstone, I decided to find out about him The excellent Peter Ackroyd, among many other things a Dickens expert, has written a series of brief lives and this one is well written and informative, as well as for me at least quite engaging I knew that Collins was involved with Dickens s theatrical group, but I d forgot that he was the author of The Frozen Dee [...]


  27. I ve read a few of Wilkie Collins books and stories, but most of what I knew about him came to me thru my reading several biographies of Charles Dickens, including one by the same author of this book Dickens and Collins were good friends, so he shows up frequently in Dickens life, tho Collins is several years younger The main things I knew were that they were friends, that Collins was also a writer and sometimes a collaborator of Dickens, tho never as successful as his friend He did not want to [...]


  28. Biography of the man and his workI was introduced to the novels of Wilkie Collins as a college freshman The class was taught by Dr Robert Ashley, whose book on Collins is listed in Mr Ackroyd s bibliography I enjoyed the Moonstone and The Woman in White in college, but have a much deeper appreciation now I was so excited to find this biography.My middle of the road rating is because I did not learn much new information about Mr Collins and his life Perhaps there is not much available since his c [...]


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