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Best remembered for his sensational fiction of the 1860s, Wilkie Collins was, in the course of his forty-year writing career, the author of many ingeniously-plotted novels, as well as a writer of plays (some in collaboration with Charles Dickens), short stories, a biography of his father, and a travel book. Innovative narrative technique is a feature of his work, along with legal and social critique. His writings are also notable, in a literary culture that viewed physical difference as a marker of moral failure, for their sympathetic representation of disability.
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8 January 1824 WC, novelist, was born at 11 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone. Bibliographic Citation link.
August 1843 WC's first identified published work, a short story titled "The Last Stage Coachman", appeared in the Illuminated Magazine. Bibliographic Citation link.
26 November 1859 WC's sensation novel The Woman in White began its serialization in Dickens's All the Year Round, following on the same page the conclusion of Dickens's own A Tale of Two Cities in instalments. Bibliographic Citation link.
15 August 1860 The previously serialised volume edition of WC's extremely popular sensation novel The Woman in White was published by Sampson Low. It had reached its sixth edition by 1 November. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 September 1889 WC died in his home at 82 Wimpole Street, London, from an attack of bronchitis. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
January 1890 WC's final novel, Blind Love, was published posthumously. With his health failing, Collins had arranged for it to be completed from his notes by Sir Walter Besant. Bibliographic Citation link.
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