Friday, January 29, 2010

Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins was an English Victorian writer who is often credited with beginning the mystery genre with books like, "The Woman In White," and "The Moonstone." Collins was a contemporary of Charles Dickens, and wrote serialized books for Dickens', "All the Year Round." He has often been unjustly overlooked, overshadowed, and simply forgotten, when it comes to the great English writers.

"The Woman In White" is one of my favorite books. There was a film based on it, starring Justine Waddell and Tara Fitzgerald, in 1997, but it hardly does the book justice.
Here is his Bibliography and films about his books, from Wikipedia:

Bibliography
* Iolani, or Tahiti as it was. A Romance (written 1844; published 1999)
* Memoirs of the Life of William Collins, Esq., R.A. (1848)
* Antonina (1850)
* Rambles Beyond Railways (1851)
* Basil (novel) (1852)
* Mr Wray's Cash Box (1852)
* Hide and Seek (1854)
* The Ostler (1855)
* After the Dark (1856)
* The Dead Secret (1857)
* A Rogue's Life (1857/1879)
* The Frozen Deep (1857), a play co-written with Charles Dickens
* A Terribly Strange Bed (1858)
* A House to Let (1858), a short story co-written with Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell and Adelaide Anne Procter
* The Haunted House a short story co-written with Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Adelaide Proctor, George Sala and Hesba Stretton
* The Queen of Hearts (1859)
* The Woman in White (1860)
* No Name (1862)
* My Miscellanies (1863)
* Armadale (1866)
* No Thoroughfare (1867), a story and play co-written with Charles Dickens
* The Moonstone (1868)
* Man and Wife (1870)
* Poor Miss Finch (1872), dedicated to Frances Minto Elliot
* Miss or Mrs? (1873)
* The New Magdalen (1873)
* The Frozen Deep and Other Stories (1874)
o "The Frozen Deep"
o "Dream Woman"
o "John Jago's Ghost; or The Dead Alive"
* The Law and the Lady (1875)
* The Two Destinies (1876)
* The Haunted Hotel (1878)
* The Fallen Leaves (1879)
* My Lady's Money (1879)
* Jezebel's Daughter (1880)
* Who Killed Zebedee (1881)
* The Black Robe (1881)
* Heart and Science (1883)
* I Say No (1884)
* The Ghost's Touch and Other Stories (1885)
* The Evil Genius (1886)
* The Guilty River (1886)
* Little Novels (1887)
* The Legacy of Cain (1889)
* Blind Love (1889 - unfinished, completed by Walter Besant)

Films based on his novels
* Basil (UK 1998)
* The Woman in White (UK 1997)
* The Moonstone (UK 1996)
* Zhenshchina v belom (The Woman In White, Russia 1982)
* The Woman in White (UK, TV, 5 episodes, 1982)
* La donna in bianco (Italy, TV, 1980)
* Lucilla (Poor Miss Finch, Germany, 1979, 2 episodes, directed by Wilhelm Semmelroth)
* Der Monddiamant (The Moonstone, Germany 1974, 2 episodes, directed by Wilhelm Semmelroth)
* Great Mysteries (1 Episode: A Terribly Strange Bed, USA 1973)
* Der rote Schal (Armadale, 3 episodes, directed by Wilhelm Semmelroth)
* La pietra di luna (The Moonstone, Italy 1972)
* The Moonstone (UK, 5 episodes, 1972)
* Die Frau in WeiƟ (The Woman in White, 3 episodes, Germany 1971, directed by Wilhelm Semmelroth)
* The Policeman and the Cook (USA 1970)
* La femme en blanc (The Woman in White, France 1970)
* La dama vestida de blanco (The Woman in White, Spain 1967)
* The Woman in White (UK, 6 episodes, 1966)
* A Terribly Strange Bed (USA 1991)
* Dow Hour of Great Mysteries: The Woman in White (USA 1960)
* The Moonstone (UK, 7 episodes, 1959)
* Hour of Mystery: The Woman in White (UK 1957)
* Sergeant Cuff kann den Mondstein nicht finden (The Moonstone, Germany 1955)
* Suspense: The Moonstone (USA 1954)
* Tales Of Adventure: The Moonstone (USA 1952, 5 episodes)
* Robert Montgomery Presents: The Moonstone (USA 1952)
* Kvinna i vitt (The Woman in White, Sweden 1949)
* The Woman in White (USA 1948)
* Crimes at the Dark House (based on The Woman in White, USA 1940)
* The Moonstone (1934)
* The Woman in White (1929)
* She Loves and Lies (1920)
* The Twin Pawns (1919)
* The Woman in White (1917)
* Tangled Lives (1917)
* The Moonstone (1915)
* The Quest of the Sacred Jewel (1914)
* The New Magdalen (1914
* The Dream Woman (1914)
* The New Magdalen (1912)
* The Woman in White (1912)
* The New Magdalene (1910)

2 comments:

  1. Whoa, cool! Never heard of Wilkie Collins. Will have to check his writing out.

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