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William Wilkie Collins

 
 
William Wilkie Collins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2017
1. William Wilkie Collins Marker
Inscription.
William
Wilkie
Collins
1824-1889
Novelist
lived here

 
Erected 1951 by London County Council.
 
Location. 51° 31.118′ N, 0° 9.502′ W. Marker is in City of Westminster, England, in Greater London County. Marker is on Gloucester Place just north of Blandford Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 65 Gloucester Place, City of Westminster, England W1U 8JL, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Benedict Arnold (a few steps from this marker); John Robert Godley (within shouting distance of this marker); Anthony Trollope (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); John Lennon (about 120 meters away); Tony Ray-Jones (about 180 meters away); Jacqueline du Pré (about 210 meters away); Sir Gerald Kelly (about 240 meters away); Sir Alfred Ayer (approx. 0.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of Westminster.
 
Also see . . .  Wilkie Collins - A Short Biography (wilkie-collins.info). "William Wilkie Collins, or Wilkie as he was known to his friends and readers, was born in London's Marylebone
William Wilkie Collins Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2017
2. William Wilkie Collins Marker - Wide View
where he lived more or less continuously for 65 years. Today he is best known for The Moonstone (1868), often regarded as the first true detective novel, and The Woman in White (1860), the archetypal sensation novel. During his lifetime, however, he wrote over thirty major books, well over a hundred articles, short stories and essays, and a dozen or more plays....T. S. Eliot described The Moonstone as the first and greatest of English detective novels'. It is certainly a landmark in the history of crime fiction and has a strong claim to having established detective fiction as a genre. It influenced Collins's successors from Trollope and Conan Doyle onwards and has set the standard by which other detective novels are judged. During its serialisation in All the Year Round there were crowds of anxious readers outside the publishers' offices in Wellington Street waiting for the next instalment. Like The Woman in White, it has never been out of print." (Submitted on October 22, 2017.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 22, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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