Author:William Wilkie Collins

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William Wilkie Collins
English novelist, playwright and writer of short stories; his best-known works are the "sensation" mystery novels, The Woman in White (1859), and The Moonstone (1868), the last considered to be the first modern English detective novel

This author wrote articles for the Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900
Articles written by this author are designated in the DNB by the initials "W. C."

William Wilkie Collins

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Short stories



  • The Queen of Hearts (1859)
    • Brother Owen's Story of The Black Cottage
    • Brother Griffith's Story of The Family Secret
    • Brother Morgan's Story of The Dream Woman [1]
    • Brother Griffith's Story of Mad Monkton
    • Brother Morgan's Story of The Dead Hand
    • Brother Griffith's Story of The Biter Bit
    • Brother Owen's Story of The Parson's Scruple
    • Brother Griffith's Story of A Plot in Private Life
    • Brother Morgan's Story of Fauntleroy
    • Brother Owen's Story of Anne Rodway

Individual short stories


Contributions to the DNB


Works about Collins



  1. (First published in a slightly different form as "The Ostler" in Household Words Christmas 1855. Republished in expanded versions as 'The Dream Woman: A Mystery in Four Narratives' in The Frozen Deep and Other Tales, London 1874 and as the title story in Alicia Warlock, (A Mystery) and Other Stories, Boston 1875.)

Some or all works by this author were published before January 1, 1929, and are in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago. Translations or editions published later may be copyrighted. Posthumous works may be copyrighted based on how long they have been published in certain countries and areas.

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