Wilkie Collins

  • William Hartright s´apprête à quitter Londres pour enseigner l´aquarelle à deux jeunes filles de l´aristocratie, dans le Cumberland. Mais la campagne anglaise, malgré ses charmes bucoliques, n´apaisera pas le jeune William autant. La demeure ou il se rend recèle en effet de lourds secrets, et lorsque resurgit la mystérieuse dame en blanc aperçue quelque temps auparavant déjà en pleine nuit, terrorisée, il est bien difficile d´affirmer qu´il ne s´agit pas là d´un présage funeste...

  • Londres, une fiancée humiliée, une veuve manipulatrice, une famille en apparence respectueuse des usages de la haute société victorienne... Mais qui sont-ils tous en vérité ? Qui est vraiment cette comtesse intrigante prête à tout semble-t-il pour toucher une prime d'assurance sur la vie contractée par son époux, à moins qu´elle ne soit elle-même victime de sombres superstitions. Il n´en est pas moins vrai que le destin parait s'acharner sur la pauvre comtesse... (Une intrigue écrite par un maitre du genre).

  • 1845 : On donne un bal à la mairie de Londres pour célébrer le départ de deux navires vers le pôle Arctique, lancés à la recherche du mythique passage du Nord-Ouest et menés par sir John Franklin. 1854 : L'Angleterre est sous le choc. Une enquête vient de révéler le sort de l'équipage dépêché neuf ans plus tôt par-delà le Groenland. Que s'est-il passé ? Est-il possible que des gentlemen anglais, grands civilisateurs du genre humain. Se soit abaissés au cannibalisme ?

  • La « Pierre de Lune » est un diamant maudit... Et, alors qu´il est offert pour l´anniversaire d´une jeune femme, il est dérobé... l´enquête est alors confiée à l´un des meilleurs policiers britanniques... angoisse et suspense garantit...

  • William Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) n'est pas seulement l'auteur de somptueux romans victoriens et le père du roman policier britannique. Nouvelliste de talent, il est aussi journaliste à ses heures. Et fin observateur de ses contemporains. En quête du rien est le portrait primesautier, drôle et absurde d'un homme condamné à l'inactivité et au calme dans une société qui en est dépourvue. Ou comment la tranquillité peut finir par rendre fou.

  • Le secret

    Wilkie Collins

    Dans un manoir en Cornouailles, une veille dame est mourante. Elle demande alors à sa femme de chambre de remettre, après sa mort, une lettre à son mari... cette lettre est évidement lourde de secret... mais elle ne trouve pas le courage de tenir parole et dissimule le courrier... puis, elle quitte le manoir, non sans révéler le secret...

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  • Anglais No Name

    Wilkie Collins

    After the tragic deaths of their parents, Magdalen and Norah discover the devastating news that they are both illegitimate and not entitled to any inheritance. Norah is forced to become a governess to earn her keep but Magdalen has grander plans and embarks on an elaborate scheme of revenge against her cold-hearted relatives.

  • Marian and her sister Laura live a quiet life under their uncle's guardianship until Laura's marriage to Sir Percival Glyde. Sir Percival is a man of many secrets - is one of them connected to the strange appearances of a young woman dressed all in white? And what does his charismatic friend, Count Fosco, with his pet white mice running in and out of his brightly coloured waistcoat, have to do with it all? Marian and the girls' drawing master, Walter, have to turn detective in order to work out what is going on, and to protect Laura from a fatal plot...

  • "The Moonstone is a pageturner," writes Carolyn Heilbrun. "It catches one up and unfolds its amazing story through the recountings of its several narrators, all of them enticing and singular." Wilkie Collins’s spellbinding tale of romance, theft, and murder inspired a hugely popular genre–the detective mystery. Hinging on the theft of an enormous diamond originally stolen from an Indian shrine, this riveting novel features the innovative Sergeant Cuff, the hilarious house steward Gabriel Betteridge, a lovesick housemaid, and a mysterious band of Indian jugglers.This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the definitive 1871 edition.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais No Name

    Wilkie Collins

    Magdalen and her sister Norah, beloved daughters of Mr and Mrs Vanstone, find themselves the victims of a catastrophic oversight. Their father has neglected to change his will, and when the girls are suddenly orphaned, their inheritance goes to their uncle. Now penniless, the conventional Norah takes up a position as a governess, but the defiant and tempestuous Magdalen cannot accept the loss of what is rightfully hers and decides to do whatever she can to win it back. With the help of cunning Captain Wragge, she concocts a scheme that involves disguise, deceit and astonishing self-transformation. In this compelling, labyrinthine story Wilkie Collins brilliantly demonstrates the gap between justice and the law, and in the subversive Magdalen he portrays one of the most exhilarating heroines of Victorian fiction.

  • With an essay by T. S. Eliot.

    'Here was our quiet English house suddenly invaded by a devilish Indian Diamond - bringing after it a conspiracy of living rogues, set loose on us by the vengeance of a dead man' When Rachel Verinder's birthday present - the Moonstone, a large Indian diamond - is stolen at her party, suspicion and the diamond's mysterious curse seem set to ruin everyone and everything she loves. Only Sergeant Cuff's famous detective skills offer any hope of peace and a future for them all. The intricate plot and modern technique of multiple narrators made Wilkie Collin's 1868 work a huge success in the Victorian sensation genre. With a reconstruction of the crime, red herrings and a 'locked-room' puzzle, The Moonstone was also a major precursor of the modern mystery novel.

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  • A level 6 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Retold for Learners of English by Richard G. Lewis The woman in white first appears at night on a lonely heath near London and is next seen at a grave-side in Cumberland. Who is she? Where has she come from, and what is her history? She seems alone and friendless, frightened and confused. And it seems she knows a secret - a secret that could bring ruin and shame to a man who will do anything to keep her silent. This famous mystery thriller by Wilkie Collins has excitement, suspense, romance, and a plot that twists and turns on every page.

  • Despite the grave misgivings of both their families, Valeria Brinton and Eustace Woodville are married. But before long the new bride begins to suspect a dark secret in her husband's past and when she discovers that he has been living under a false name, she determines to find out why he is concealing his true identity from her. Soon she must endure an even greater shock: the revelation that her husband has been on trial for poisoning his first wife. Convinced of his innocence, Valeria is prepared to do anything to clear her husband's name, and in so doing upturns the conventions of polite nineteenth century society.

  • The Moonstone, a priceless yellow diamond, is looted from an Indian temple and maliciously bequeathed to Rachel Verinder. On her eighteenth birthday, her friend and suitor Franklin Blake brings the gift to her. That very night, it is stolen again. No one is above suspicion, as the idiosyncratic Sergeant Cuff and the Franklin piece together a puzzling series of events as mystifying as an opium dream and as deceptive as the nearby Shivering Sand. T. S. Eliot famously described THE MOONSTONE as 'the first, the longest and the best of modern English detective novels', but, as Sandra Kemp discusses in her introduction, it offers many other facets, which reveal Collins's sensibilities as untypical of his era.

  • Anglais The Moonstone

    Wilkie Collins

    "The Moonstone is a pageturner," writes Carolyn Heilbrun. "It catches one up and unfolds its amazing story through the recountings of its several narrators, all of them enticing and singular." Wilkie Collins’s spellbinding tale of romance, theft, an

  • 'In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop ... There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth ... stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white' The Woman in White famously opens with Walter Hartright's eerie encounter on a moonlit London road. Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter is drawn into the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his 'charming' friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for white mice, vanilla bonbons and poison. Pursuing questions of identity and insanity along the paths and corridors of English country houses and the madhouse, The Woman in White is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism.

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  • An eminent doctor is visited by a desperate woman with a question: am I evil, or insane?When the letters from Italian servant to his wife in London suddenly cease, she is convinced he has been murdered.In the darkened bedroom of a mouldering palazzo by the Grand Canal, an English lord sickens and suddenly dies.How are these little mysteries connected? Spend the night in Room 14 of Venice's finest hotel, and find out the truth - if you dare...INCLUDES THE GHOST STORY 'THE DREAM WOMAN'

  • A level 6 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. This version includes an audio book: listen to the story as you read. Retold for Learners of English by Richard G. Lewis. The woman in white first appears at night on a lonely heath near London and is next seen at a grave-side in Cumberland. Who is she? Where has she come from, and what is her history? She seems alone and friendless, frightened and confused. And it seems she knows a secret - a secret that could bring ruin and shame to a man who will do anything to keep her silent. This famous mystery thriller by Wilkie Collins has excitement, suspense, romance, and a plot that twists and turns on every page.

  • Anglais The Woman in White

    Wilkie Collins

    On a moonlit London night, art teacher Walter Hartwright meets a young woman - beautiful, terrified and dressed entirely white - alone on the street. Compelled to help this piteous creature, he finds himself caught up in a world of secrets, murder and madness, with an impossible mystery to solve.The odds seem stacked against him, but a sleuthing partnership with the brilliantly clever Marian Halcombe may be just enough to outwit their formidable nemesis - the menacing Count Fosco.One of the great mystery thrillers of the nineteenth century and beyond, The Woman in White is a wonderful combination of rich characterisation and cunning melodrama that ensnares the reader from the very first page.This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition of The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins features an afterword by writer, editor and playwright David Stuart Davies.Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

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