The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

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Thus young Walter Hartright first meets the mysterious woman in white in what soon became one of the most popular novels of the nineteenth century. Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall readers ever since. From the hero’s foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collins’s narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.

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The 411th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 23rd on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  2. - 90th on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  3. - 116th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  4. - 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (The Telegraph)
  5. - The Best Classics (The Times)

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