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Collins, Wilkie: Basil. v1. 03 Oct 2021

A highly coloured tale of seduction and vengeance with a contemporary middle-class setting and passages of uncompromising realism.

In Basil’s secret and unconsummated marriage to the linen-draper’s sexually precocious daughter, and the shocking betrayal, insanity, and death that follow, Wilkie Collins reveals the bustling, commercial London of the 19th century wreaking its vengeance on a still powerful aristocratic world.

(—Fantastic Fiction)

Arguably the first “sensation novel” — a genre that combined realistic fiction of English social life with domestic crime, mystery, suspense, and shocking effects. […] Basil contains all the elements of a mystery story and a thriller, and is amazingly in advance of its time in depicting what we would now call existential angst. As a result of a casual sighting of an attractive woman, Basil gradually finds himself enmeshed in a life-threatening struggle with forces he only half understands.
(—Roy Johnson, mantex.co.uk)

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William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 – 23 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and short story writer. He remains most famous for his novels The Woman in White (1859) and The Moonstone (1868), in which he pioneered a new style of “sensation” writing, the influence of which can still be seen in today’s culture in the genres of crime, mystery and suspense. The Moonstone is considered to be the first modern English detective novel.

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