The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

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The Moonstone (1868) by Wilkie Collins is a 19th-century British epistolary novel, generally considered the first detective novel in the English language. The story was originally serialised in Charles Dickens' magazine All the Year Round. The Moonstone and The Woman in White are considered Wilkie Collins' best novels. Besides creating many of the ground rules of the detective novel, The Moonstone also reflected Collins' enlightened social attitudes in his treatment of the servants in the novel. Collins adapted The Moonstone for the stage in 1877, but the production was performed for only two months.

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The 1194th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 25th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  2. - 94th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  3. - 100 Best Novels Written in English (The Guardian)
  4. - The Best Classics (The Times)

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