The Woman in White
|Author: Wilkie Collins|
|The Woman in White is an epistolary novel written by Wilkie Collins in 1859, serialized in 18591860, 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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