The Evil Genius

The Evil Genius

by Wilkie Collins
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The Evil Genius by Wilkie Collins

The Evil Genius: A Domestic Story
(First published 1886)

Wilkie Collins' book about family relationships, breakdowns and forgiveness. The novel begins with a shipwreck, a trial, and missing jewels, A governess named Sydney, raised without parents, then becomes infatuated with her married employer, Mr. Linley, but it is forbidden love. Sydney leaves for another position, but is drawn back into the household.

What follows is a divorce, a scandal and the injustice surrounding such an issue in Victorian times.

The novel became Wilkie Collins' most commercially successful novel. The story was ahead of its time in presenting both the wife and the mistress of an adulterous husband in a sympathetic light and concentrating the reader's attention on the plight of the child involved in the break-up of a marriage. Collins unexpectedly upholds double standards in a passage added shortly before publication, claiming that a husband's adultery should not, by itself, be sufficient grounds for divorce.

Collins also used the plot for a dramatic version with the same title. He wrote the book and play simultaneously and traces of his method can be detected in the novel which has an unusually high proportion of dialogue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434431806
Publisher: Wildside Press
Publication date: 09/23/2011
Pages: 466
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) was an English novelist who critics often credit with the invention of the English detective novel. He is best known as the author of Moonstone, The Woman in White, No Name, and Armadale.

John Bolen brings his extensive theater, film, and television experience to audiobooks. His recent television appearances include CIA: Masters of Deception on the Discovery Channel, and his recent film work includes The Land and The Inn Outside the World.

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

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The Evil Genius. 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has every possible Victorian cliche from the abandoned, unloved child to the cheating but repentant husband. It is just too melodramatic. There are so many better examples of this genre. It is a title best left to diehard fans of Wilkie Collins.
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