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OUP Oxford, Jul 10, 2008 - Fiction - 282 pages
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In Basil's secret and unconsummated marriage to the linen-draper's sexually precocious daughter, and the shocking betrayal, insanity, and death that follow, Collins reveals the bustling, commercial London of the nineteenth century wreaking its vengeance on a still powerful aristocratic world. Contemporary reviewers vehemently disapproved of this explicit treatment of adultery; and even today the passionate and lurid atmosphere he creates still has the power to disturb the reader. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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This is essentially yet another story of marry in haste; repent in leisure. Every reader had their period when they were ruled by their hormones; a few of us went so far as to think we "fell in love ... Read full review

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User Review  - JulieStielstra - LibraryThing

An enjoyable couple of evenings can be spent watching a young Wilkie Collins pick up steam in this early novel. A naive young hero, an absurdly overpowering romance with a girl met on an omnibus, that ... Read full review

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Dorothy Goldman, Deputy Director, School of Continuing Education, University of Kent

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