Sensation Stories

Sensation Stories

Tales of Mystery and Suspense

Book - 2004
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Thrilling reads in their own right, all ten stories here showcase Wilkie Collins's towering contribution to the development of the mystery genre. Indeed, Collins is now commonly regarded as the inventor of the modern detective story and the forefather of a crime fiction tradition that runs through Arthur Conan Doyle to Thomas Harris today. Book jacket.
that was worlds away from anything being written by his contemporaries -- and one that was to have a far-reaching influence. The assorted rarities assembled in Sensation Stories include a pioneering tale featuring a female detective, a powerful precursor to The Woman in White, and what critics have called the first British detective story. Originally published in various forms, including in Charles Dickens's magazine, many of these pieces have not been in print for more than a century.
The 'Sensation Novel' ushered in the modern mystery genre. It was inaugurated by Wilkie Collins's best-seller The Woman in White in 1860. But this collection, selected by Peter Haining, reveals that Collins had actually been writing realistic stories of suspense for at least a decade before this. With dramatic plots that revolved around hidden secrets, bloody crimes, villainous schemes and clever detective work all occurring in everyday settings, Wilkie Collins helped to shape a new genre
Publisher: London : Peter Owen ; Chester Springs, PA : Distributed in the USA by Dufour Editions, 2004
ISBN: 0720612209 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: FIC COLLINS
Characteristics: 279 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Haining, Peter


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