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Wilkie Collins

It's a Good Time to Enjoy Snarky Characters

Dave Astor | Posted 10.30.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Many of us are heading back to work or school. Sort of puts one in a snappish mood, doesn't it? This time of year, novel readers can viscerally relate to fictional characters who are snarky, snippy, and smart-alecky, to quote a recently accessed thesaurus.

The Year of Reading Communally

Dave Astor | Posted 08.15.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

My first "HuffPost Books" piece was posted a year ago this month, and I'd like to use that trivial anniversary to thank commenters for introducing me to many authors and novels I had never read before.

Novelists Who Were More Enlightened Than Their Era

Dave Astor | Posted 06.19.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

The 1800s were of course a time of blatant racism, and many authors reflected that by depicting fictional characters of color in horribly stereotyped ways. Or they omitted those characters entirely, as if the world was populated by whites only.

'Second Bananas' Who Were First-Rate Authors

Dave Astor | Posted 06.12.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Why do some 19th-century novelists resemble the pre-2004 Boston Red Sox or some current singers other than Adele? This post will explain!

A Dearth of Mirth at the End of Many Great Novels

Dave Astor | Posted 12.11.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

After just finishing The House of Mirth, I'm reminded once again that many great novels don't have happy endings.

Photographing the Granddaddy of Detective Fiction

Carolyn Vega | Posted 09.21.2011 | New York
Carolyn Vega

2011-07-22-pullquote.jpgWilkie Collins was one of the major literary celebrities of the Victorian age.

Picking Favorites: Books That Make Me Sigh With Satisfaction

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 09.05.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

A great book happens when I pick up a book and can't put it down again; when I cannot suppress the sighs upon finishing it; when I cannot wait to tell everyone I know: read this book! But how to pick a favorite?

Penguin Re-Releases The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Cynthia Ellis

Reading The Woman in White is not unlike being in a cage surrounded by sharks, if you could somehow eat crème brulee at the same time. It is exquisitely uncomfortable.

India Demands UK Return 'Cursed' Diamond

The Telegraph | Dean Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Indian government has demanded the return of the 'cursed' Koh i Noor diamond, a symbol of imperial power and the inspiration for the Victorian aut...

Short Stories for $3.99: the Atlantic/Kindle Deal is Not So New

Wednesday Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Wednesday Martin

As of December 7, short stories by Christopher Buckley, Edna O'Brien (and by January Curtis Sittenfeld, and presumably many others) are available on Kindle, courtesy of a deal with the Atlantic Monthly.