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Description - Sensation Stories by Peter Haining

The "Sensation Novel" ushered in the modern mystery genre. It was inaugurated by Wilkie Collins s best-seller The Woman in White in 1860. But this collection, selected by Peter Haining, reveals that Collins had actually been writing realistic stories of suspense for at least a decade before this. With dramatic plots that revolved around hidden secrets, bloody crimes, villainous schemes, and clever detective work all occurring in everyday settings, Wilkie Collins helped to shape a new genre that was worlds away from anything being written by his contemporariesand one that was to have a far-reaching influence. Sensation Stories ranges from Collins s earliest tales and those published under the auspices of his great friend Charles Dickens to the title piece from his last, melancholic collection. Among several famous yarns and stories not published for over a hundred years is one featuring a pioneer female detective and another that has been called the first British detective story. There is a ghost story controversial for its eroticism, the first humorous or satirical detective story and a story that clearly presages The Woman in White, published two years later. Thrilling reads in their own right, all10 stories showcase Wilkie Collins s towering contribution to the development of the mystery genre. Indeed, he is now regarded as the inventor of the modern detective story and the forefather of a crime fiction tradition that runs through Arthur Conan Doyle to Thomas Harris today."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780720612202
ISBN-10: 0720612209
Format: Paperback
(200mm x 130mm x mm)
Pages: 279
Imprint: Peter Owen Publishers
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Peter Haining

Wilkie Collins is asignificant contributor to the development of the mystery genre. He is now regarded as the inventor of the modern detective story and the forefather of a crime fiction tradition that runs through Arthur Conan Doyle to Thomas Harris today.Peter Haining was a celebrated anthologist and the author of more than 60 non-fiction titles."

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