The woman in white
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The woman in white

By Wilkie Collins
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The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White was a phenomenal bestseller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Dickens, Collins’s friend and mentor. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall readers today. The story begins with an eerie midnight encounter between artist Walter Hartright and a ghostly woman dressed all in white who seems desperate to share a dark secret. The next day Hartright, engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie and her half sister, tells his pupils about the strange events of the previous evening. Determined to learn all they can about the mysterious woman in white, the three soon find themselves drawn into a chilling vortex of crime, poison, kidnapping, and international intrigue. Masterfully constructed, The Woman in White is dominated by two of the finest creations in all Victorian fiction—Marion Halcombe, dark, mannish, yet irresistibly fascinating, and Count Fosco, the sinister and flamboyant “Napoleon of Crime.” Camille Cauti earned a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University. Her dissertation concerns the Catholic conversion trend among the London avant-garde of the 1890s. She has also published articles in Italian-American studies. She works in New York City as an editor and critic.

Table of Contents
  • The Woman in White
  • by
  • Wilkie Collins
  • CONTENTS
    • First Epoch      THE STORY BEGUN BY WALTER HARTRIGHT      THE STORY CONTINUED BY VINCENT GILMORE      THE STORY CONTINUED BY MARIAN HALCOMBE
    • Second Epoch      THE STORY CONTINUED BY MARIAN HALCOMBE.      THE STORY CONTINUED BY FREDERICK FAIRLIE, ESQ.      THE STORY CONTINUED BY ELIZA MICHELSON      THE STORY CONTINUED IN SEVERAL NARRATIVES
      • 1. THE NARRATIVE OF HESTER PINHORN          2. THE NARRATIVE OF THE DOCTOR          3. THE NARRATIVE OF JANE GOULD          4. THE NARRATIVE OF THE TOMBSTONE          5. THE NARRATIVE OF WALTER HARTRIGHT
    • Third Epoch      THE STORY CONTINUED BY WALTER HARTRIGHT      THE STORY CONTINUED BY MRS. CATHERICK      THE STORY CONTINUED BY WALTER HARTRIGHT      THE STORY CONTINUED BY ISIDOR, OTTAVIO, BALDASSARE FOSCO      THE STORY CONCLUDED BY WALTER HARTRIGHT
    • THE STORY BEGUN BY WALTER HARTRIGHT
      • (of Clement's Inn, Teacher of Drawing)
    • II
    • III
    • IV
    • V
    • VI
    • VII
    • VIII
    • IX
    • X
    • XI
    • XII
    • XIII
    • XIV
    • XV
      • The End of Hartright's Narrative.
    • THE STORY CONTINUED BY VINCENT GILMORE
      • (of Chancery Lane, Solicitor)
    • I
    • II
    • III
    • IV
      • The End of Mr. Gilmore's Narrative.
    • THE STORY CONTINUED BY MARIAN HALCOMBE
      • (in Extracts from her Diary)
    • LIMMERIDGE HOUSE, Nov. 8.[1]
    • II
      • [The First Epoch of the Story closes here.]
  • THE SECOND EPOCH
    • THE STORY CONTINUED BY MARIAN HALCOMBE.
    • I
    • II
    • III
    • IV
    • V
    • VI
    • VII
    • VIII
    • IX
    • X
    • THE STORY CONTINUED BY FREDERICK FAIRLIE, ESQ., OF LIMMERIDGE HOUSE[2]
    • THE STORY CONTINUED BY ELIZA MICHELSON
      • (Housekeeper at Blackwater Park)
    • I
    • II
    • THE STORY CONTINUED IN SEVERAL NARRATIVES
      • 1. THE NARRATIVE OF HESTER PINHORN, COOK IN THE SERVICE OF COUNT FOSCO
      • [Taken down from her own statement]
    • 2. THE NARRATIVE OF THE DOCTOR
    • 3. THE NARRATIVE OF JANE GOULD
    • 4. THE NARRATIVE OF THE TOMBSTONE
    • 5. THE NARRATIVE OF WALTER HARTRIGHT
      • [The Second Epoch of the Story closes here.]
    • THE THIRD EPOCH
    • THE STORY CONTINUED BY WALTER HARTRIGHT.
    • I
    • II
    • III
    • IV
    • V
    • VI
    • VII
    • VIII
    • IX
    • X
    • XI
    • THE STORY CONTINUED BY MRS. CATHERICK
    • THE STORY CONTINUED BY WALTER HARTRIGHT
    • I
    • II
    • III
    • IV
    • V
    • VI
    • VII
    • THE STORY CONTINUED BY ISIDOR, OTTAVIO, BALDASSARE FOSCO
    • THE COUNT'S NARRATIVE
    • THE STORY CONCLUDED BY WALTER HARTRIGHT
    • I
    • II
    • III
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