The Dead Secret

The Dead Secret

Wilkie Collins / May 31, 2020

The Dead Secret THE DEAD SECRET explores the relationship between a fallen woman her illegitimate daughter and buried secrets in a superb blend of romance and Gothic drama Reprinted here in the only critical editio

  • Title: The Dead Secret
  • Author: Wilkie Collins
  • ISBN: 9781888173734
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback
  • THE DEAD SECRET explores the relationship between a fallen woman, her illegitimate daughter, and buried secrets in a superb blend of romance and Gothic drama Reprinted here in the only critical edition available is the text of the first edition, including Collins s preface and revision 416 pp.

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      • Wilkie Collins

        A close friend of Charles Dickens from their meeting in March 1851 until Dickens death in June 1870, William Wilkie Collins was one of the best known, best loved, and, for a time, best paid of Victorian fiction writers But after his death, his reputation declined as Dickens bloomed Now, Collins is being given critical and popular attention than he has received for 50 years Most of his books are in print, and all are now in e text He is studied widely new film, television, and radio versions of some of his books have been made and all of his letters have been published However, there is still much to be discovered about this superstar of Victorian fiction.Born in Marylebone, London in 1824, Collins family enrolled him at the Maida Hill Academy in 1835, but then took him to France and Italy with them between 1836 and 1838 Returning to England, Collins attended Cole s boarding school, and completed his education in 1841, after which he was apprenticed to the tea merchants Antrobus Co in the Strand In 1846, Collins became a law student at Lincoln s Inn, and was called to the bar in 1851, although he never practised It was in 1848, a year after the death of his father, that he published his first book, The Memoirs of the Life of William Collins, Esq R.A to good reviews The 1860s saw Collins creative high point, and it was during this decade that he achieved fame and critical acclaim, with his four major novels, The Woman in White 1860 , No Name 1862 , Armadale 1866 and The Moonstone 1868 The Moonstone , is seen by many as the first true detective novel T S Eliot called it the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels in a genre invented by Collins and not by Poe.


    1. After The Woman in White,this is my second try with Wilkie Collins.While I became his admirer after my first experience of his writing, in second, my interest in his novels only increased further. I have already made a purchase of his classic The Moonstone and soon I am going to start my journey with its characters and plot for having a third-time experience of Collins.What I find most interesting about his novels is the way in which he advances his story. By the time I started and read first fe [...]

    2. Στις ακτές της Κορνουάλης, σε έναν ανεμοδαρμένο αγριότοπο, ο Πύργος Πορθγκένα στέκει αγέρωχος και επιβλητικός, οχυρώνοντας παλαιόθεν την έπαυλη της οικογένειας Τρέβερτον, που, έχοντας διαδράμει τον απροσμέτρητο χρόνο, κουβαλάει στις αίθουσες και τις κάμαρές της τις σκοτε [...]

    3. Πολύ ωραίο ανάγνωσμα. Το Μυστικό που είναι κρυμμένο στον Πύργο Πορθγκένα αποκαλύπτεται πολύ νωρίς στον αναγνώστη, μεταφέροντας την αγωνία στους πρωταγωνιστές και την εξέλιξή τους. Η Σάρα Λίζον προσωποποιεί την επίδραση που έχει ένα βαρύ μυστικό σε ένα αδύναμο μυαλό, η ευγ [...]

    4. I don’t think anyone would want to claim that The Dead Secret was among Wilkie Collins’s finest novels. It’s an early work (1856), and you have a sense (as with Basil, 1852, which I read last year) that Collins was still learning his trade. Nonetheless, I still found this an enjoyable read. Some of the elements in the novel are strong, even if the mix doesn’t quite come together; and there are all kinds of intriguing anticipations of Collins’s more realized later novels, such as Armada [...]

    5. The Dead Secret isn't as good as the string of novels which immediately followed it (including The Woman in White and Armadale), but it's definitely worth reading, with a good measure of suspense and action, as well as complex characters, particularly Sarah Leeson, the woman who hides the "dead secret" of the title, and Rosamond Frankland, the woman who discovers it.

    6. AdorooroWilkie Collins :DHistórias com mistério e segredos ocultos numa mansão na Cornualha numa época fascinante do séc. XIX. é algo que adoro sempre ler :D

    7. In desperation an action is performed, the deed is done, an element of mankind's fraternity rejoices, another element leads a life of sadness but is this sadness to death, will some moment of happiness occur even if just prior to life's end, will some dead secret be revealed, will disappointment be stiffled a letter is found, a truth is told. Joy prevailsWilkie Collins' edge-of-the-seat classic mystery is definitely worth the read and on-going anticipation to the end is guaranteed

    8. A dying actress with a loyal if weak-minded maid, an embittered brother-in-law, a daughter married to a blind watchmaker, and a *terrible* secret. I'm making some tea, pulling up the covers and not coming out until I finish the last page.

    9. I've just finished "The Dead Secret" by Wilkie Collins and I'm still thinking about it. And thinking and thinking. There are some things in it that just bug me, but more of that a little later. First, assuming I will read over this again in a few years and wonder what it is that I'm talking about, I'll start with where the book came from in the first place. "The Dead Secret" was first serialised in Household Words from January to June 1857 and published in volume form by Bradbury & Evans. Ho [...]

    10. passepartoutreading.wordpress ‘Το θαμμένο μυστικό‘ είναι το τελευταίο έργο του πατέρα του αστυνομικού μυθιστορήματος Γουίλκι Κόλλινς, πριν γράψει το αριστούργημά του ‘η Γυναίκα με τα Άσπρα‘, και σηματοδοτεί ένα σημαντικό βήμα προόδου από τα μυθιστορήματά του που προηγήθηκαν.Η ιστορ [...]

    11. Stellar! Loved it! And I can't say enough!Ο Wilkie Collins έχει γίνει ο νέος αγαπημένος μου συγγραφέας. Το βιβλίο είναι καταπληκτικό. Τι ωραία μετάφραση. Το συνιστώ ανεπιφύλακτα!!! Κρατιέμαι να μην πιάσω κατευθείαν την "Γυναίκα με τα ασπρα" και να πάω να πάρω το "Αρμαντειλ"

    12. Free download available at Project Gutenberg.Opening lines:"Will she last out the night, I wonder?""Look at the clock, Mathew.""Ten minutes past twelve! She has lasted the night out. She has lived, Robert, to see ten minutes of the new day."These words were spoken in the kitchen of a large country-house situated on the west coast of Cornwall. The speakers were two of the men-servants composing the establishment of Captain Treverton, an officer in the navy, and the eldest male representative of a [...]

    13. I learned that I love Wilkie Collins. I think I may have liked The Woman in White just a little more but this was a page turner.Two characters stand out, Rosamond, and Uncle Joseph, they were easy to love and were quite popular with readers. Sarah Leeson was not so easy to love until the whole "secret" was revealed, only then, could you have a better understanding of Sarah and what she had been through to make her the strange, interesting character she was."The idea of tracing, in this character [...]

    14. Shakespeare might have called this 'Much ado about nothing'. The whole book was leading up to the revelation of the 'Secret' mentioned right at the beginning and in all honesty it did not need Sherlock Holmes to guess what that secret might be. However as with all of Wilkie Collins (which I have read so far) it still manages to be a page turner. One of the main strengths is the characterisation. Other reviewers have mentioned Uncle Joseph who is brilliantly drawn and to this I would add Andrew T [...]

    15. Veering between extremes of melodrama and sentimentality, stocked with unidimensional characters, The Dead Secret still takes about 140 pages to get off the ground. Reviewers of the day weren't crazy about it, either. This was a practice run for The Woman in White, so save yourself the effort and just read that one. Unless you're really, really into Victorian gothic cheese.

    16. Wilkie Collins was a pioneer of the sensation novel, the genre often considered a precursor to detective and suspense fiction. I’ve long been a fan of his work, particularly The Woman in White and The Moonstone though I also enjoyed No Name and Armadale. I’m less familiar with the other 20 or so novels and novellas he wrote from the mid 1850s until his death in 1889 so I decided to delve into his earlier work. But it’s clear from reading one of those, The Dead Secret, that even this maestr [...]

    17. I read this book for my Wilkie Collins seminar (there will be seven or so more reviews by December). And it felt very long. I appreciated the experiment that Collins tried in building the novel on expectation instead of surprise, but I did figure the end out early. The figuring out of the end made it very hard to read the stretched out suspense of the text because I knew what was coming. I felt myself wishing over and over that he would just get on with it. However, I have to say that his two fe [...]

    18. The story of the Dead Secret would have made a great film in the 1940s. Imagine as an opening, a scary looking Joan Crawford lying on her death bead forcing a very nervy Jennifer Jones, her lady’s maid, to write a confession letter directed to Joan’s husband. The letter is never given to the husband, and thus Jennifer Jones is forever haunted by the ghost of Joan until that final debt is paid. This would make for a very melodramatic film, though one that would probably be very unsettling. ;) [...]

    19. I liked this book, but I felt like Collins was trying a bit too hard to be like Dickens. There were several characters that Collins spent pages and pages describing who were not really part of the story or necessary at all. The secret was easy to guess and Sarah's anguish is a bit much at times, but the end made me cry and was mostly satisfying. Not Collins' best, but a good read nonetheless.

    20. A very simple story, drawn out to be way longer than it needed to be. It's pretty obvious where the story is going for the last 100 pages, and one could even guess at what the secret is very early on in the book. Both of these abilities make finishing the book a bit of a chore, but overall still an enjoyable read.

    21. Well, it is becoming the norm to force myself to keep reading a book until it hooks me. This one took 3/4 of the book! Loved the Moonstone so thought this would be a good choice. But as this was written in serial form originally for C. Dickens' magazine, it has all the traits of a book that was written to fill up weeks of instalments. Actually it was just plain boring for that first and largest portion. Nevertheless, having read the thing, I realise I did finally get some pleasure from it. The c [...]

    22. Written fairly early on in Collins's career, THE DEAD SECRET is no WOMAN IN WHITE - but then few books are. Instead, this is a solid, highly readable mystery, very Victorian (full of class divides and repressed secrets) and with a surprising amount of humour.The book was written at a transitional period in the author's lifetime, made when he was gradually coming out of the influence of his friend, Dickens. Though there are themes and values evident from his later work, many of the comedic suppor [...]

    23. Good classic mystery modern tastes, the secret might be a bit easy to guess, but I really enjoyed it. There was a dull spot about halfway in which made me lay it aside for a bit, but the ending was very good. I especially enjoyed Rosamond's relationship with her husband Lennyeir openness and honesty with each other would be good for all couples to imitate.

    24. There are not enough stars in the night sky for how much I loved this book. Absolutely shameless and thrilling melodrama. The Woman in White is more famous but I enjoyed this far far far far more (although I did like The Woman in White) and I will remember it forever. A perfect match between book and reader.

    25. Gothic, fun characters, Victorian, suspenseful.'s everything that makes a Victorian novel great. I enjoyed every page of this novel. The characters were interesting and diverse. I really liked Uncle Joseph and Andrew Treverton's character role. One of Collins' best, I think.

    26. Time has taken the mystery out of the story line, what was shocking back then wouldn't cause a ripple now. However, I always enjoy his books and writing style. The Women in White is my favorite.

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