Wilkie Collins(1824-1889), Novelist
(William) Wilkie Collins
Sitter in 24 portraits
Collins is one of the best-loved Victorian novelists. Having trained as a lawyer, he abandoned this profession to write. His works include The Woman in White, 1860, and The Moonstone, 1868, an early ‘detective’ novel that influenced later writers including Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. He was a regular contributor to his close friend Charles Dickens’s magazine Household Words.