The Legacy of Cain

The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins

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William Wilkie Collins ) 1824-1889 English writer, author of 27 novels, 15 plays and more than fifty short stories. Born January 8, 1824 in London. Graduated from a private school. Traveled across Europe, lived in Italy. For some time he served in a tea import company. In 1847, having decided to take up jurisprudence, he entered the Lincoln`s Inn; in 1851 he became a barrister. In 1848 he published his first book - memoirs about his father, a famous artist who instilled in his sons a love of art and at the same time a stern moralist. Collins` first novel, Antonina (1850), is less interesting today than Rambles Beyond Railways (1851), a note about a trip through Cornwall. In 1851 Collins met Charles Dickens and became his friend for many years. In the 1850s, he became close to Caroline Elizabeth Graves, who had a strong influence on him. According to the artist JE Milles, Collins`s first meeting with Mrs.

Graves most likely prompted him to set the scene for The Woman in White (1860), his best book; however, the novel is undoubtedly based on a case from French legal practice. Equally successful was The Moonstone (1868), one of the first detective-adventure novels with a skillfully constructed plot. This is a mysterious romantic story about the disappearance of a sacred diamond, which, like the legendary Kohinoor, brings misfortune to its owners. Collins` later works are often critical. Thus, the novel "Husband and Wife" (Man and Wife, 1870) is directed against the imperfection of marriage law; "The Law and the Lady" (1875) - against the verdict adopted in Scotland "guilt is not proven"; "Soul and Science" (Heart and Science, 1883) - against the deification of science, leading, for example, to the practice of vivisection. The heroines of the novels "The New Magdalen" (The New Magdalen, 1873) and "The Fallen Leaves" (The Fallen Leaves, 1879) were "fallen" women. Collins died in London on September 23, 1889.

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William Wilkie Collins (eng. William Wilkie Collins ) 1824-1889 English writer, author of 27 novels, 15 plays and more than fifty short stories. Born January 8, 1824 in London. Graduated from a private school. Traveled across Europe, lived in Italy. For some time he served in a tea import company. In 1847, having decided to take up jurisprudence, he entered the Lincoln`s Inn; in 1851 he became a barrister. In 1848 he published his first book - memoirs about his father, a famous artist who instilled in his sons a love of art and at the same time a stern moralist. Collins` first novel, Antonina (1850), is less interesting today than Rambles Beyond Railways (1851), a note about a trip through Cornwall. In 1851 Collins met Charles Dickens and became his friend for many years. In the 1850s, he became close to Caroline Elizabeth Graves, who had a strong influence on him. According to the artist JE Milles, Collins`s first meeting with Mrs. Graves most likely prompted him to set the scene for The Woman in White (1860), his best book; however, the novel is undoubtedly based on a case from French legal practice. Equally successful was The Moonstone (1868), one of the first detective-adventure novels with a skillfully constructed plot. This is a mysterious romantic story about the disappearance of a sacred diamond, which, like the legendary Kohinoor, brings misfortune to its owners. Collins` later works are often critical. Thus, the novel "Husband and Wife" (Man and Wife, 1870) is directed against the imperfection of marriage law; "The Law and the Lady" (1875) - against the verdict adopted in Scotland "guilt is not proven"; "Soul and Science" (Heart and Science, 1883) - against the deification of science, leading, for example, to the practice of vivisection. The heroines of the novels "The New Magdalen" (The New Magdalen, 1873) and "The Fallen Leaves" (The Fallen Leaves, 1879) were "fallen" women. Collins died in London on September 23, 1889.