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The Penguin English Library Edition of The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins



'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.



The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.

Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 26/04/2012 ISBN-13: 9780141198873  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Wilkie Collins (1824-89) was a prolific novelist, playwright and short-story writer. Born into a family of artists, in later life the writer of thirty novels and lifelong friend of Charles Dickens became addicted to opium, which he took to help relieve the severe pain of 'rheumatic gout', a form of arthritis. He began to suffer from paranoia and hallucinations, including the presence of a 'subjective doppelganger' he named Ghost Wilkie, and the drug plays a prominent part in The Moonstone. The Woman in White is also published in the Penguin English Library.

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'The Moonstone' was described by TS Eliot as 'the first, the longest and the best of modern English detective stories'. He may not have been totally accurate, but 'The Moonstone', if not the first detective story, introduces much that has been part of detective fiction ever since, notably a believable professional detective in Sergeant Cuff, an unexpected solution, accuracy in police and scientific clue-making and brilliant characterisation.

P D James - 16/06/2014

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