The King of Inventors: A Life of Wilkie Collins by Catherine Peters, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is her biography of the classic Victorian novelist, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.
This was originally published in 1991 by Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd. This biography of 19th century author Wilkie Collins, a contemporary and friend of Charles Dickens and the author of the classic and influential early mystery/suspense novels The Moonstone and The Woman in White, explores his life, influences, friends, and literary legacy.
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Born Thursday, 8th January in 1824, William ‘Wilkie’ Collins’ birth coincided with a period of change: where Romanticism was being overtaken by respectability.
Collins’s early life was surrounded by friends and family who were all writers or painters.
Unlike his father, Wilkie was more determined to become a writer. Although his father was diligent that both his sons would have a good education, Wilkie believed that further travels would aid his ambitions.
Italy was the source of his greatest inspiration.
Having travelled and lived there with his family, Wilkie was familiar with the culture and language.
Although his writing career was taking off, things were not smooth. Following rejections from publishers, his mother willingly helped him financially.
Wilkie met Charles Dickens through his endeavours and learnt a lot about marketing, and over time, they became good friends. Dickens proved to be rather instrumental in Wilkie’s career.
The King of Inventors gives an in-depth and engrossing insight of Wilkie Collins’ life, loves and legacy.