Wilkie Collins was born on 8 January 1824 and died on 23 September 1889. In those 65 years he wrote 27 novels, more than 50 short stories,
at least 15 plays, and more than 100 non-fiction pieces. A close friend of Charles Dickens from their meeting in March 1851 until Dickens' death
in June 1870, Collins was one of the best known, best loved, and, for a time, best paid of Victorian fiction writers. But after his death,
his reputation declined as Dickens's bloomed. Now, Collins is being given more critical and popular attention than he has for fifty years. Almost all
his books are in print, he is studied widely, and new film and television versions of some of his books have been made. Nevertheless, there is still
much to be discovered about this superstar of Victorian fiction.
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