In Basil's secret and unconsummated marriage to Margaret Sherwin, and the consequent horrors of betrayal, insanity, and death, Collins reveals the bustling, commercial London of the first half of the nineteenth century. Collins' treatment of adultery shocked contemporary reviewers, and even today the passionate and lurid atmosphere he created has the power to disturb the modern reader.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MaggieFlo - LibraryThing
Basil This was an interesting story. Collins was a contemporary of Charles Dickens and there are some similarities in their style. This is a fictionalized autobiography of a young man from a very ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - souloftherose - LibraryThing
Although Basil is far from being one of Collins' best novels, I enjoyed it a lot; partly because I enjoyed thinking about this as an early example of Collins' writing and an early example of a ... Read full review