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Iris Henley is a bright young woman that falls in love with an unstable man whose criminal history begins to catch up with them. Despite their obstacles, Iris chooses to stand by and defend her husband. Iris Henley goes against her father’s wishes and marries Lord Harry Norland, a member of an Irish secret society. The unlikely pair experience several hardships including a sudden loss of income. As a last resort, Harry engages in insurance fraud hoping to use the funds to support their lifestyle. This leads to a fraud case and eventually a murder investigation. When Iris discovers a conspiracy plot she is forced to reevaluate her marriage. Blind Love is the final work from author Wilkie Collins. Initially left unfinished, it was released a year after his death in 1890. The novel’s last act was successfully completed by his colleague Walter Besant who delivers a mesmerizing story of love and desperation. With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Blind Love is both modern and readable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781513281346
Publisher: West Margin Press
Publication date: 05/14/2021
Series: Mint Editions Series
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) was an English novelist and playwright. Born in London, Collins was raised in England, Italy, and France by William Collins, a renowned landscape painter, and his wife Harriet Geddes. After working for a short time as a tea merchant, he published Antonina (1850), his literary debut. He quickly became known as a leading author of sensation novels, a popular genre now recognized as a forerunner to detective fiction. Encouraged on by the success of his early work, Collins made a name for himself on the London literary scene. He soon befriended Charles Dickens, forming a strong bond grounded in friendship and mentorship that would last several decades. His novels The Woman in White (1859) and The Moonstone (1868) are considered pioneering examples of mystery and detective fiction, and enabled Collins to become financially secure. Toward the end of the 1860s, at the height of his career, Collins began to suffer from numerous illnesses, including gout and opium addiction, which contributed to his decline as a writer. Beyond his literary work, Collins is seen as an early advocate for marriage reform, criticizing the institution and living a radically open romantic lifestyle.

Walter Besant (1836–1901) was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire and studied at King's College, London. He would later work in higher education at Royal College, Mauritius, where he taught mathematics. During this time, Besant also began his extensive writing career. In 1868 he published Studies in Early French Poetry followed by a fruitful collaboration with James Rice, which produced Ready-money Mortiboy (1872), and The Golden Butterfly(1876). Besant’s career spanned genres and mediums including fiction, non-fiction, plays and various collections.

Date of Birth:

December 8, 1824

Date of Death:

September 23, 1889

Place of Birth:

London, England

Place of Death:

London, England


Studied law at Lincoln¿s Inn, London

Table of Contents


  • Historical Context: The Irish Question
    Wilkie Collins’s Response to the Irish Question
    Anglo-Saxon vs. Celt: The Imperialist Agenda
    Wilkie Collins and the “Woman Question”
    The Von Scheurer Fraud
    Blind Love: The History and Evolution of the Text

William Wilkie Collins: A Brief Chronology

A Note on the Text

Blind Love

Appendix A: Reaction to the Death of Wilkie Collins

  1. “Death of Mr.Wilkie Collins,” The Times, 24 September 1889
  2. “The Late Mr.Wilkie Collins,” The Illustrated London News, 28 September 1889
  3. “Obituary.Wilkie Collins,” The Academy, 28 September 1889

Appendix B: Contemporary Reviews of Collins’s Work

  1. Edmund Yates, “The Works of Wilkie Collins,” Temple Bar, August 1890
  2. Meredith White Thompson,“Wilkie Collins,” The Spectator, 28 September 1889
  3. George Cotterell, “New Novels,” The Academy, 15 March 1890
  4. “Blind Love,” New York Tribune, 23 January 1890
  5. Andrew Lang, “Mr. Wilkie Collins’s Novels,” Contemporary Review, January 1890
  6. Harold Quilter, “In Memoriam Amici: Wilkie Collins,” The Universal Review, 5, 1889

Appendix C: Horace Pym’s Notes on the Von Scheurer Case

Appendix D: Newspaper Accounts of the Insurance Trial

  1. “The Scheurer Frauds,” The Times, 25 April 1888
  2. “France,” The Times, 26 April 1888
  3. “France,” The Times, 27 April 1888

Appendix E: The Prologue to “Iris,” Manuscript “C,” 1887

Appendix F: Excerpts from Collins’s Plans for Blind Love: The Synopsis

  1. The Cast of Characters
  2. The Synopsis

Appendix G: The Irish Question

  1. Accounts from The Times, 1882
  2. The Irish as Depicted in Punch, 1866, 1881, 1882

Appendix H: The Duties of the Lady’s Maid

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