Armadale
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Armadale

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by Wilkie Collins, John Sutherland
     
 

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TheAthenaeum reviewer of Armadale(1866)was only one of many contemporary critics horrified by Lydia Gwilt, the bigamist, husband-prisoner and laudanum addict whose intrgues spur the plot of this most sensational of Victorian "sensational novels". When Miss Gwilt flings herself from the first-class deck of a Thames steamer, her attempted suicide sets off

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TheAthenaeum reviewer of Armadale(1866)was only one of many contemporary critics horrified by Lydia Gwilt, the bigamist, husband-prisoner and laudanum addict whose intrgues spur the plot of this most sensational of Victorian "sensational novels". When Miss Gwilt flings herself from the first-class deck of a Thames steamer, her attempted suicide sets off events that lead to Allan Armadale inheriting Thorpe-Ambrose in Norfolk, romantic rivalries, espionage, counter-espionage and greedy plans for murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140434118
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Series:
Classics Series
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
553,780
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.75(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Wilkie (William) Collins (1824-89) was a hugely successful and popular crime, mystery and suspense writer. He wrote the first full-length detective novels in English and set a mould for the genre as shown in The Moonstone and "The Woman in White."   

John Sutherland is the Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London and wrote the introduction to Chekhov’s The Shooting Party for Penguin Classics.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 8, 1824
Date of Death:
September 23, 1889
Place of Birth:
London, England
Place of Death:
London, England
Education:
Studied law at Lincoln¿s Inn, London

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Armadale 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading The Woman in White, No Name and The Moonstone, I became a huge Wilkie Collins fan. I, too, stumbled on this book by accident and read it out of my appreciation for his writing style and the way Collins works up a good drama. I was not disappointed. This book has the best writing and most-developed plot as compared to his other novels. It kept me on the edge of my seat and reading long after I should have gone to bed. It is a long read (thank goodness) and I was sorely disappointed when the story finally came to a conclusion. If I could only be so lucky as to find another book as enjoyable as this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sadly, this was pretty bad. Written mostly as a diary, there wasn't enough dialogue between characters. Too much description, diary reading. Strange, because when Collins was dying and couldn't finish his last novel "Blind Love" he asked another author to finish it for him with lots of dialogue. My recommendations are the first in a series of mysteries.
Magdalena25 More than 1 year ago
After reading the Moonstone and Woman in White I became a huge Wilkie Collins fan. The storyline is amazing and quite thick. Its a little long due to the fact that it was first published as a serial work but it's worth it and the ending is quite explosive and satisfying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stumpled accross this book and bought it by chance, I began to read it as a challenge due to it's length and style but found after the first few pages utterly engaging. I think the most beautiful aspect of this book is the authors character construction, it is timeless and empathetic and very intellegent. One of the best books I have honestly ever read with an intriguing facinating plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite a long, but not rambling novel. None of Wilkie Collins stories are--they gallop along with the plots gathering momentum as they progress. This one is full of odd and interesting occurances, plot twists, and twisted, coniving, complicated characters.
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