Fallen Leaves

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Banished from the Christian Community at Tadmor, Illinois, Amelius Goldenheart goes to England to the family of John Farnaby. While Farnaby tolerates him, his wife seeks the answer to the disappearance of her child and their niece is kept away from him. Yet after one glimpse, Amelius is captivated.
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Overview

Banished from the Christian Community at Tadmor, Illinois, Amelius Goldenheart goes to England to the family of John Farnaby. While Farnaby tolerates him, his wife seeks the answer to the disappearance of her child and their niece is kept away from him. Yet after one glimpse, Amelius is captivated.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404388338
  • Publisher: IndyPublish.com
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 368

Meet the Author

Wilkie Collins
Wilkie Collins
If you think Victorian literature is quaint, you haven’t read anything by Wilkie Collins. 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.

Biography

Wilkie Collins has long been overshadowed by his friend and collaborator Charles Dickens -- unfortunately for readers who have consequently not discovered one of literature's most compelling writers. His novels are ceremonious and none too brief; they are also irresistible. Take the opening lines of his 1852 story of marital deceit, Basil: "What am I now about to write? The history of little more than the events of one year, out of the twenty-four years of my life. Why do I undertake such an employment as this? Perhaps, because I think that my narrative may do good; because I hope that, one day, it may be put to some warning use." It's a typical Collins opening, one that draws the reader in with a tone that's personal, but carries formality and import.

With his long, frizzy black beard and wide, sloping forehead, Collins looked like a grandfatherly type, even in his 30s. But his thinking and lifestyle were unconventional, even a bit ahead of his time. His characters (particularly the women) have a Henry James–like predilection for bucking social mores, and he occasionally found his work under attack by morality-mongers. Collins was well aware of his books' potential to offend certain Victorian sensibilities, and there is evidence in some of his writings that he was prepared for it, if not welcoming of it. He writes in the preface to Armadale, his 1866 novel about a father's deathbed murder confession, "Estimated by the clap-trap morality of the present day, this may be a very daring book. Judged by the Christian morality which is of all time, it is only a book that is daring enough to speak the truth."

Collins began his career by writing his painter father's biography. He gained popularity when he began publishing stories and serialized novels in Dickens's publications, Household Words and All the Year Round. His best-known works are The Woman in White and The Moonstone, both of which -- along with Basil -- have been made into films.

Collins often alludes to fantastic, supernatural happenings in his stories; the events themselves are usually borne out by reasonable explanations. What remains are the electrifying effects one human being can have upon another, for better and for worse. His main characters are often described in terms such as "remarkable," "extraordinary," and "singular," lending their actions -- and thereby the story -- a special urgency. In one of his great successes, 1860's The Woman in White, Collins spins what is basically a magnificent con story into something almost ghostly: The fates of two look-alike women -- a beautiful, well-off woman and a poor insane-asylum escapee -- are intertwined and manipulated by two evil men. One of those is among the best fictional villains ever created, the kill-‘em-with-kindness Count Fosco. Fosco is emblematic of another Collins hallmark -- antagonists who manage to throw their victims off guard by some powerful charm of personality or appearance.

The Moonstone, published in 1868, is regarded by many to be the first English detective novel. Starring the unassuming Sergeant Cuff, it follows the trail of a sought-after yellow diamond from India that has fallen into the wrong hands. Like The Woman in White, the novel is told in multiple first person narratives that display Collins's gift for distinctive and often humorous voices. Whether it is servants, foreigners, or the wealthy, Collins is an equal-opportunity satirist who quietly but deftly pokes fun at human foibles even as he draws nuanced, memorable characters.

Though The Woman in White and The Moonstone are Collins's standouts, he had a productive, consistent career; the novels Armadale, No Name and Poor Miss Finch are worthwhile reads, and his short stories will particularly appeal to Edgar Allan Poe fans. Fortunately in the case of this underappreciated writer, there are plenty of titles to appreciate.

Good To Know

Collins studied law, and though he never practiced as a lawyer, his knowledge of the subject is evident in his fiction. He also apprenticed with a tea merchant in his pre-publication years.

He was addicted to laudanum, a form of opium that he used to treat his pain from rheumatic gout.

Collins never married, but he had a long-term live-in relationship with one woman, and a second romance that produced three children.

He is named after popular artist Sir David Wilkie; both his parents were painters who counted Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth among their friends.

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Wilkie Collins (full name)
      Wilkie Collins
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 8, 1824
    2. Place of Birth:
      London, England
    1. Date of Death:
      September 23, 1889
    2. Place of Death:
      London, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    Lilywolf

    Sorry I didn't get to read that post at dracula Strike. What was it about? And that sounds good with Opalburst! I think maybe he should keep his free will and not be possessed. Makes him more evil! :P Hope everything else is going okay for you! ~ Lilywolf &hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Ebonpelt

    You're gonna hate this. It involves Opalburst. And I talked to Goldenstripe already and he said he'll talk to Shadowstar next too. So yeah. This is me telling you what to expect a bit. This is also what I told Golden becauseI'm not modifing my words right now. "So, I have a feeling that the thing with Shadowstar isn't complete, especially when he sees Lily gome. And I have an idea about that. I was thinking that Opal could be useful in this so here's my idea: Shadowstar can visit Opal and try to get him on his side. Like try to convince him that he has to get Lily for him. Either that or Shadowstar can "ask" to take over Opal for periods of time whenever he wants so he can do it himself. Obviously this isn't a full description..." blah blah blag. The rest was just questions for Golden. So yeah. You probably knew things weren't over either actually, but right now peace sems better anyway but soon still. Anyway, here ya go. Updated. Finally. ~&Xi&beta&sigma&eta&rho&epsilon&iota&tau &perp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Silv

    I thought you did that....gtgtb bbt

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Silv4

    Yes, now i hate lily more than you!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Silv2

    You have a point, roen does go over the tip.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Striking4

    I killed her but my sister forced me to. ( pokemon time. Ill post at bloodclan when i go to bed)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Striking3

    Well thrse hearts represent our connection Silv:&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts :p

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Ebon2

    Rant rant rant. Cant feel mt hands as i type this. Please read vorkuta's post (has symbol next to it) at the revs ("dracula" res one))))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Silv

    DISABLE?! I WOULD MURDER ANYONE WHO HURT MY FRIENDS OR FAMILy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Ebon

    Love Opal's name too. Forgot I rped an Opalsong else where though or else he would have a dif name. And what do you mean? And velvet would recognize Ebon by (1) the collar (2) the scent (3) the scars. He did meet her in rp once and tried mating her a few times. And you tried stopping it i believe. So yeah, he would be recognized though she wouldnt. Nor anyone else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Lilywolf

    YES OPALBURST STAYS! *dance dance dance* And lol it'll be okay. Velvet shouldn't technically know Striking cause she didn't see him in action at Bloodclan. But what are ya gonna do? Lol! ~ Lilywolf &hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Striking2 *correction

    *Velvetstar, idk why I constantly mix up the e and a...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Silv5

    Yes well, first, she didnt save me from being killed(or ra<_>ped by you, second, she used ever bad word against me cause she thinks i rp roman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Silv

    Alright. Striking, i didnt know you played pokemon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Lilywolf

    Hey Striking okay I know you want permission to do that. I will probably just clear it with the leaders. So when one of my friends goes to sleep, I'll post the idea at "fove clans" like we were going to do with Bloodclan. You can post anything you want tyem to know at the second result. Vote will be asap. ~ Lilywolf &hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Leafkit

    Any questions? Ask away...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Vadar

    Waits

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    MossMud

    He pads in, looking around.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Ebonytail

    She stops and ile to him. Her paws scruff the ground for a moment. "Umm." Hever did her sister get a mate. Their onversation was short but she knew a little. "Mossmud, I like you quite a bit mre tan as a friend." She whispered.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Nighthawk to silvermist

    IM FROM FIRECLAN! Were are you!? Im the last one i think.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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