E-TEXTS OF WORK

by WILKIE COLLINS

Almost all Wilkie Collins's work is now available in e-text form. All his fiction, some of the plays and a growing amount of the non-fiction has been converted.

This list of e-texts includes 30 novels and a total of 63 short stories ― 31 in three collected editions, 27 separately published, and another 7 from multi-authored works. There is also non-fiction ― the biography of his father, the artist William Collins RA, a travel book, 40 pieces from Dickens's periodical Household Words, 6 pieces of non-fiction from All The Year Round, 25 pieces of journalism collected by Collins in one volume, as well as 18 others published separately. There are seven of his 18 plays and five items written jointly with Charles Dickens.

Because Collins republished his work in different forms, some items appear more than once in different forms. Many of these e-texts are taken from editions published in the USA and may not be authoritative and will often contain American spellings. I try to indicate the edition from which the e-text is taken. 

Please let me know if you find Wilkie Collins e-texts which are not included in this list or if you find errors or omissions.

CONTENTS

FICTION NON-FICTION APPENDICES
Novels Books With Charles Dickens
Collections of stories Collections Links
Individual stories Household Words and All The Year Round Not yet e-texted
Contributions to jointly written works Other separately published journalism  
Plays Letters  

FICTION

Novels
Publication dates are from the title page of the first edition in book form. Most were published earlier in periodicals or newspapers. Books published late in the year sometimes bore the date of the following year. The e-texts are mainly from later editions.

  1. Antonina First published 1850. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  2. Armadale First published 1866. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  3. Basil First published 1852. This e-text is from the Sampson Low one-volume edition, London 1862..
  4. The Black Robe First published 1881. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  5. Blind Love First published 1889. Chapters 1-48 by Collins, rest completed by Walter Besant from Wilkie's notes. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895 
  6. The Dead Secret first published 1856. This e-text is from the Harper & Brothers edition, New York 1873.
  7. The Evil Genius First published 1886. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  8. The Fallen Leaves First published 1879. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  9. The Frozen Deep First published Temple Bar XLII August-October 1874. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  10. The Guilty River First published 1886. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  11. The Haunted Hotel First published 1878. This e-text from the Chatto & Windus edition, London 1879.
  12. Heart and Science First published 1883. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  13. Hide and Seek First published 1854. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  14. Ioláni Written in the 1840s but first published 1999. This e-text is taken from the original manuscript. As well as the e-text this link gives access to introductions, notes and a page of the manuscript.
  15. "I Say No" First published 1884. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  16. Jezebel's Daughter First published 1880. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  17. The Law and The Lady First published 1875. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  18. The Legacy of Cain First published 1889. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  19. Man and Wife First published 1870. This e-text is from the Harper & Brothers edition, New York 1870, with five illustrations.
  20. Miss or Mrs? First published 1873. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  21. The Moonstone First published 1868. E-text taken from unknown edition by Project Gutenberg.
  22. Mr Wray's Cash Box First published 1852. . This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895.
  23. The Stolen Mask This e-text taken from an 1864 pirated US edition of the story published in Colombia, USA.
  24. My Lady's Money First published as 'My Lady's Money. An episode in the life of a young girl' Illustrated London News LXXI Nos 2005-2006 Christmas 1877, and in book form with The Haunted Hotel 1879. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  25. The New Magdalen First published 1873. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  26. No Name First published 1862. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  27. Poor Miss Finch First published 1872. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  28. A Rogue's Life: from his birth to his marriage First published in book form 1879. Originally published as 'A Rogue's Life - written by Himself' in Household Words XIII 1-29 March 1856. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  29. The Two Destinies First published 1876. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  30. The Woman in White First published 1860. E-text taken from unknown edition by Project Gutenberg. Original Parts from All The Year Round

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Collections of stories
These collections were published during Collins's life and edited by Collins from the originals. Inevitably that has introduced changes in the stories from their first publication. Some of the originals are available in Separate Short Stories.

  1. After Dark First published in this form 1856. The stories are linked by the story of Leah, itself a substantial story and each has a prologue. Collins's preface is also included.. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
    Contains the following separate stories
    1. Leaves from Leah's Diary First published After Dark 1856
    2. The Traveler's Story of "A Terribly Strange Bed" Originally published as 'A Terribly Strange Bed' Household Words V no.109 pp129-137 24 April 1852
    3. The Lawyer's Story of "A Stolen Letter" Originally published as 'The Fourth Poor Traveller' in 'The Seven Poor Travellers' Christmas Number of Household Words Christmas 1854 pp19-26. Also published as 'A Lawyer's Story' Harper's New Monthly Magazine X, no.57, 385-391 February 1855
    4. The French Governess's Story of "Sister Rose" Originally published as 'Sister Rose' in Household Words XI nos.263-266 7 - 28 April 1855
    5. The Angler's Story of "The Lady of Glenwith Grange" First published After Dark 1856
    6. The Nun's Story of "Gabriel's Marriage" Originally published as 'Gabriel's Marriage' Household Words VII nos.160-161 16-23 April 1853
    7. The Professor's Story of "The Yellow Mask" Originally published as 'The Yellow Mask' in Household Words XI, nos.276-279, 7-28 July 1855
       
  2. Little Novels First published in this form 1887. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
    Contains
    1. Miss Bertha and the Yankee First published as 'The Duel in Herne Wood' in Spirit of the Times 22 December 1877
    2. Mr. Cosway and the Landlady First published as 'Your Money or Your Life' People's Library 17 December 1881
    3. Mr. Captain and the Nymph First published as 'The Captain's Last Love' in The Spirit of the Times 23 December 1876 and in Belgravia January 1877. The two versions are slightly different.
    4. Miss Dulane and My Lord First published as 'An Old Maid's Husband' in Spirit of the Times 25 December 1886
      and Belgravia Annual 1887.
    5. Miss Jéromette and the Clergyman First published in Canadian Monthly August-September 1875.
    6. Mr. Lepel and the Housekeeper First published as 'The Girl at the Gate Spirit of the Times 6 December 1884 and The English Illustrated Magazine January and February 1885
    7. Mr. Lismore and the Widow First published as 'She Loves and Lies' in Spirit of the Times 22 December 1883
    8. Mr. Marmaduke and the Minister First published as 'The Mystery of Marmaduke' in Spirit of the Times 28 December 1878.
    9. Mr. Medhurst and the Princess First published as 'Royal Love' in Longman's Magazine Christmas 1884.
    10. Miss Mina and the Groom First published as 'A Shocking Story' Barnes' International Review November-December 1878.
    11. Miss Morris and the Stranger First published as 'How I Married Him' in Spirit of the Times 24 December 1881 and Belgravia Annual 1882.
    12. Mr. Percy and the Prophet First published as 'Percy and the Prophet' in All The Year Round New Series, extra summer number, Summer 1877.
    13. Mr. Policeman and the Cook First published as 'Who Killed Zebedee' in Spirit of the Times 25 December 1880
    14. Mrs. Zant and the Ghost First published as 'The Ghost's Touch' in Harper's Weekly 23 October 1885

  3. The Queen of Hearts First published in this form 1859. Ten stories with a linking narrative. Includes Collins's dedication to Emile Forgues. The e-text here is arranged in two parts - clicking on any of the first five stories brings up the first half of the book. Clicking on any of the last five brings up the second half of it.. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
    Contains
    1. Brother Owen's Story of The Black Cottage First published as 'The Siege of the Black Cottage' Harper's New Monthly Magazine XVI No.81 pp334-341 February 1857
    2. Brother Griffith's Story of The Family Secret First published as 'Uncle George or The Family Mystery' National Magazine I No.1 pp10-15 November 1856
    3. Brother Morgan's Story of The Dream Woman First published in a slightly different form as 'The Ostler' in 'Holly Tree Inn' the extra Christmas number of Household Words pp9-18 Christmas 1855. Republished in expanded versions as 'The Dream Woman: A Mystery in Four Narratives' in The Frozen Deep and other Stories, London 1874 and as the title story in Alicia Warlock, (A Mystery) and Other Stories, Boston 1875.
    4. Brother Griffith's Story of Mad Monkton First published as 'The Monktons of Wincott Abbey' Fraser's Magazine LII Nos.311-312 November-December 1855. This story was originally written in 1853 for Household Words but Dickens rejected it because of its theme of hereditary madness.
    5. Brother Morgan's Story of The Dead Hand First published as 'The Doctor's Story' part of 'The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices' which was written jointly with Charles Dickens in Household Words XVI No.394 pp340-349 10 October 1857
    6. Brother Griffith's Story of The Biter Bit First published as 'Who is the Thief?' in The Atlantic Monthly I No.6 pp706-722 April 1858
    7. Brother Owen's Story of The Parson's Scruple First published as 'A New Mind' Household Words XIX No.458 pp.107-114
    8. Brother Griffith's Story of A Plot in Private Life First published as 'A Marriage Tragedy' in Harper's New Monthly Magazine XVI No.93 pp.334-357 February 1858
    9. Brother Morgan's Story of Fauntleroy First published as 'A Paradoxical Experience' in Household Words XVIII No.451 pp.516-522 13 November 1858
    10. Brother Owen's Story of Anne Rodway First published as 'The Diary of Anne Rodway' Household Words XIV Nos.330-331 19, 26 July 1856
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Separate short stories

  1. The Biter Bit First published as 'Who is the Thief' Atlantic Monthly, I, April 1858
  2. The Black Cottage First published as 'The Siege of the Black Cottage' in Harper's New Monthly Magazine XIV pp334-341, February 1857 and in an amended form in The Queen of Hearts 1859.
  3. Blow Up With the Brig! This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895. First published as 'The Ghost in the Cupboard Room' in The Haunted House, the Christmas number of All The Year Round 13 December 1859.
  4. Brother Morgan's Story of the Dream Woman First published in this form in The Queen of Hearts 1859. The story also appeared in an earlier form as 'The Ostler' in Holly Tree Inn the Christmas number of Household Words 1855 and in an expanded form as 'The Dream Woman: a Mystery in four narratives' in The Frozen Deep and other stories 1874.
  5. The Captain's Last Love E-text from Belgravia January 1877 XXXI No.123 pp257-274. First published Spirit of the Times, New York 23 December 1876. Reprinted with changes as 'Mr Captain and the Nymph' in Little Novels.
  6. The Dead Alive First published as 'John Jago's Ghost' The Home Journal 27 December 1873. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  7. The Dead Hand First published in 'The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices', chapter II Household Words XVI pp340-349 10 October 1857 and in The Queen of Hearts 1859
  8. The Devil's Spectacles First published in New York as 'The Magic Spectacles' Spirit of the Times 20 December 1879 and as 'The Devil's Spectacles' in various English newspapers including The Bath Herald 20, 27 December 1879. Reprinted in The Seaside Library June 1880.
  9. The Dream Woman First published as 'The Ostler' in 'Holly Tree Inn' the extra Christmas number of Household Words pp9-18 Christmas 1855. This version is taken from the expanded version, worked out for Wilkie's American tour in 1873 and first published as 'The Dream Woman: A Mystery in Four Narratives' in The Frozen Deep and other Stories, London 1874 and as the title story in Alicia Warlock, (A Mystery) and Other Stories, Boston 1875. . This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895.
  10. The Family Secret First published as 'Uncle George or the Family Mystery' in The National Magazine I, November 1856 (NB some bibliographies cite this wrongly) reprinted in The Queen of Hearts 1859 as 'Brother Griffith's Story of The Family Secret'
  11. Farmer Fairweather First published The Youth's Companion LIX 19 August 1886 and in Boy's Own Paper 26 February 1887
  12. The Fatal Cradle First published as 'Picking up Waifs at Sea' in 'Tom Tiddler's Ground' All The Year Round Christmas 1861. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  13. A Fatal Fortune First published All The Year Round New Series XIII, 17-24 October 1874. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
  14. Fie! Fie! or The Fair Physician First published in Spirit of the Times 23 December 1882 and in Pictorial World Christmas Supplement December 1882
  15. The First Officer's Confession First published Spirit of the Times 24 December 1887
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  17. The Hidden Cash First published Youth's Companion LX, 21 April 1887
  18. The Lady of Glenwith Grange First published as 'The Angler's Story of the Lady of Glenwith Grange' in After Dark 1856.
  19. The Last Stage Coachman First published Illuminated Magazine I August 1843 pp209-211
  20. Love's Random Shot First published Seaside Library 12 February 1884
  21. The Midnight Mass (a translation of Balzac's 'Une Épisode sous la Terreur') First published Bentley's Miscellany XXXI June 1852. Possibly by a friend or done jointly with them.
  22. Nine O'Clock! First Published Bentley's Miscellany XXXII August 1852
  23. A Passage in the Life of Mr. Perugino Potts First published Bentley's Miscellany XXXI February 1852
  24. The Poetry Did It First published The Spirit of the Times 26 December 1885 and in English Illustrated Magazine XXVIII January 1886
  25. A Sad Death and a Brave Life First published Youth's Companion LIX 16 December 1886 and in Boy's Own Paper 23 October 1886
  26. A Terribly Strange Bed First published Household Words V 24 April 1852
  27. The Twin Sisters First Published Bentley's Miscellany XXIX March 1851
  28. Volpurno - or the student First known publication The Albion, a Journal of News, Politics and Literature, New York 8 July 1843 p.332.

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Contributions to jointly written works
These seven items were written entirely by Collins as part of Christmas numbers of Household Words or All The Year Round. We know which parts Collins wrote from contemporary records. Other parts were written by Dickens, Wilkie's brother Charles and others. They may not make complete sense without reading the whole number and a link is given where an e-text exists. Unfortunately The Wreck of the Golden Mary, The Haunted House and A Message from the Sea are not available complete in e-text form.

  1. John Steadiman's Account First published as part of The Wreck of the Golden Mary, the Christmas number of Household Words 6 December 1856.
  2. The Deliverance First published as part of The Wreck of the Golden Mary, the Christmas number of Household Words 6 December 1856.
  3. The Prison in the Woods First published as part of The Perils of Certain English Prisoners, the Christmas number of Household Words 7 December 1857
  4. Over the Way First published as part of A House to Let, the Christmas number of Household Words 7 December 1858
  5. Trottle's Report First published as part of A House to Let, the Christmas number of Household Words 7 December 1858
  6. The Ghost in the Cupboard Room First published in The Haunted House, the 1859 Christmas number of All The Year Round. Frequently republished with slight amendments as '"Blow up with the Brig!'"
  7. The Seafaring Man First published as part of A Message from the Sea, the Christmas number of All The Year Round 13 December 1860.

Plays
Wilkie Collins wrote at least 15 plays, many based on his own books. They are listed here in chronological order. The texts of these plays are very hard to find in printed form. Eight of Collins's own dramatisations are now available here as well as the 1863 version of No Name written by Bayle Bernard with Collins's approval.

  1. A Court Duel. Opened at the Soho Theatre 26 February 1850. Never published.
  2. The Lighthouse. First performed 16 June 1855 by Dickens's amateur company and first professionally staged on 10 August 1857 at the Royal Olympic Theatre. 
  3. The Frozen Deep. First performed by Dickens's amateur company at Tavistock House on 6 January 1857.
  4. The Red Vial. First performed 11 October 1858 Royal Olympic Theatre. Never published.
  5. A Message from the Sea. Royal Olympic Theatre February 1861. A copyright performance. Published G. Halsworth 1861.
  6. No Name First published 1863. Written by Bayle Bernard with Collins's approval but never performed in England.
  7. Armadale - a Drama in Three Acts. Written by Wilkie for copyright protection and printed in 1866 but never performed.
  8. The Frozen Deep First performed in Collins's revised version, Royal Olympic Theatre from 27 October 1866. Taken from the original printed edition of that date.
  9. No Thoroughfare First performed 26 December 1867 at the Adelphi Theatre
  10. Black and White - a Love Story First performed 29 March 1869 at the Adelphi Theatre
  11. No Name Privately published in 1870. Dramatised by Collins but never performed in the UK. Produced in an adapted form in New York at the Fifth Avenue Theatre opening on 7 June 1871.
  12. The Woman in White First performed 9 October 1871 at the Olympic Theatre
  13. Man and Wife. Opened 22 February 1873 Prince of Wales's Theatre. Published in 1870 and unofficially staged in New York in 1870.
  14. The New Magdalen Opened 19 May 1873 the Olympic Theatre. Published 1873.
  15. Miss Gwilt This play based on Armadale was first performed at the Alexandra Theatre, Liverpool  on 9 December 1875 then at the Globe  15 April 1876.
  16. The Moonstone First performed 17 September 1877 at the Olympic Theatre.
  17. Rank and Riches. Opened 9 June 1883 Adelphi Theatre. Not published.
  18. The Evil Genius. Performed 30 October 1885 The Vaudeville, copyright performance only. Never published.

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NON-FICTION

Books

  1. Memoirs of the Life of William Collins Esq., R.A. First published in 1848, Memoirs was Wilkie's first published book. He interrupted his work on Antonina to write this tribute to his father's life after William's unexpected death on 17 February 1847. The text contains links to the frontispiece portrait by John Linnell and the two half title pages illustrated with engravings based on William's work. The e-text is taken from the original - and only - 1848 edition and includes Wilkie's Appendix giving the list of William's works taken from his own records and a list of published engravings taken from them.
  2. Rambles Beyond Railways First published 1851 This e-text is from the second 1852 edition. Almost identical to the 1851 edition it includes some editorial updates by Collins. It can be downloaded in html and pdf formats and with or without images of the 12 illustrations by Brandling. Later editions omitted two of the chapters and the illustrations and included 'The Cruise of the Tomtit', which is available separately as an e-text.

Collection
Only one collection of Collins's non-fiction was published during his lifetime. My Miscellanies 1863 contained 25 essays drawn from his work for Household Words and All The Year Round together with a preface. The items were edited and many were shortened for publication in book form. A US version was published in 1874 in New York by Harper and a second edition was published in London in 1875, omitting 'Dramatic Grub Street'.

My Miscellanies 1863. This e-text is from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition, New York c1895
    The reprinted pieces are all changed to a greater or lesser degree by Collins from the original and have US spellings and on occasion vocabulary.

  1. Preface First published in My Miscellanies 1863
  2. The Bachelor Bedroom First published in All The Year Round 6 August 1859 I 355-360
  3. Bold Words by a Bachelor First published in Household Words 13 December 1856 XIV 505-507
  4. The Cauldron of Oil First published in All The Year Round 11 May 1861 V 162-168
  5. Douglas Jerrold First published in Household Words 5 February 1859 XIX 217-222
  6. Dramatic Grub Street First published in Household Words 6 March 1858 XVII 265-270
  7. Give us Room! First published in Household Words 13 February 1858 XVII 193-196
  8. The Great (Forgotten) Invasion First published in Household Words 12 March 1859 XIX 337-341
  9. A Journey in Search of Nothing First published in Household Words 5 September 1857 XVI 217-223
  10. Laid up in Lodgings First published in Household Words 7 &14 June 1856 481-486 & 517-523
  11. Memoirs of an Adopted Son First published in All The Year Round 24 April 1861 V 90-96
  12. Mrs Badgery First published in Household Words 26 September 1857 XVI 289-293
  13. Mrs Bullwinkle First published in Household Words 17 April 1858 XVII 409-411
  14. My Black Mirror First published in Household Words 6 September 1856 XIV 169-175
  15. My Spinsters First published in Household Words 23 August 1856 XIV 121-126
  16. Portrait of an author, painted by his publisher First published in All The Year Round 18 & 25 June 1859 184-189 & 205-210
  17. Pray Employ Major Namby! First published in All The Year Round 4 June 1859 I 136-141
  18. A Queen's Revenge First published in Household Words 15 August 1857 XVI 156-162
  19. A Petition to the Novel-Writers First published in Household Words 6 December 1856 XIV 481-485
  20. The Poisoned Meal First published in Household Words 18, 25 September & 2 October 1858 XVIII 313-318, 347-352, & 380-384
  21. A Remarkable Revolution First published in Household Words 1 August 1857 XVI 100-104
  22. Save Me From My Friends First published in Household Words 16 January 1858 XVII 97-102
  23. A Shockingly Rude Article First published in Household Words 28 August 1858 XVIII 241-245
  24. Talk-Stoppers First published in Household Words 25 October 1856 XIV 337-342
  25. To Think or Be Thought For First published in Household Words 13 September 1856 XIV 193-198
  26. The Unknown Public First published in Household Words 21 August 1858 217-222

Household Words
Wilkie Collins wrote 40 non-fiction pieces for Dickens's periodical Household Words. About half of those were collected in My Miscellanies (London 1863) but all were edited and abridged by Collins for that re-publication to a greater or lesser extent. This section brings together for the first time all Collins's non-fiction in Household Words from the original text. They are arranged in date order. Some of the pieces are re-written historical tales and have on occasion been republished as fiction. The whole text of Household Words in its original format is available at www.djo.org.uk.

  1. 22 December 1855 The Cruise of the Tomtit - An account of a trip to the Scilly Isles. Footnoted text   Introduction  Illustrated text
    XII 490-499
  2. 7 and 14 June 1856 Laid Up in Two Lodgings - Contrasting experiences of illness in Paris and London. Introduction
    XIII 481-486, 517-523
  3. 23 August 1856 My Spinsters - Satire on the lengths to which unmarried women go to make themselves marriageable
    XIV 121-126
  4. 6 September 1856 My Black Mirror - Travelling around continental Europe is beset with problems, he would rather sail.
    XIV 169-175
  5. 13 September 1856 To Think or Be Thought For? An attack on works of art by Michaelangelo and Raphael which are loved by the art establishment.
    XIV 193-198.
  6. 25 October 1856 Talk-stoppers A satire on the poor conversational gambits of contemporary dinner party guests.
    XIV 337-342
  7. 25 October 1856 The National Gallery and the Old Masters How much of Velasquez's Boar Hunt (now called La Tela Real) has been repainted?
    XIV 347-348.
  8. 6 December 1856 A Petition to the Novel Writers Likes and dislikes in current novels.
    XIV 481-485
  9. 13 December 1856 Bold Words by a Bachelor Why do married women estrange their husbands from their old male friends?
    XIV 505-507
  10. 18 July 1857 A Fair Penitent A historical account by an actress of becoming a nun. 
    XVI 55-59
  11. 1 August 1857 A Remarkable Revolution A historical account of the bloodless revolution when Elizabeth ascended to the Russian throne in 1741.
    XVI 100-104
  12. 15 August 1857 A Queen's Revenge A historical account of Queen Christina of Sweden and her murder of her equerry.
    XVI 156-162
  13. 5 September 1857 A Journey in Search of Nothing A busy man cannot rest as the doctor orders - no peace in a village; and boredom by the sea.
    XVI 217-223
  14. 19 September 1857 The Debtor's Best Friend The relative merits of Newgate and the debtor's prison in the eighteenth century.
    XVI 279-282
  15. 26 September 1857 Mrs Badgery A grieving widow inhabits his new house in remembrance of her husband. How to get rid of her?
    XVI 289-293
  16. 2 January 1858 Deep Design on Society Social satire in the guise of a review of Things Not Generally Known by John Timbs. Also reproduced in original columns.
    XVII 49-53
  17. 9 January 1858 The Little Huguenot Historical account of the escape of a boy from the massacre of Huguenots by Catholics in Paris in 1572.
    XVII 80-84
  18. 16 January 1858 Save Me from My Friends The perils of friends, and the difficulties of writing in the countryside.
    XVII 97-102
  19. 23 January 1858 Thanks to Dr. Livingstone A rave review of Travels in South Africa by Livingstone and how it made him feel about himself.
    XVII 121-125
  20. 6 February 1858 Strike! Calls for consumer boycotts to get safer trains, less crowded omnibuses, more comfortable theatres and lower school fees.
    XVII 169-172
  21. 13 February 1858 Give Us Room! A satire on crinolines and parties and why are they not held in large rooms.
    XVII 193-196
  22. 27 February 1858 A Sermon for Sepoys An allegorical tale supposed to be of Indian origin. An introduction by Prof. Philip Allingham. NB the original text of this piece on the VictorianWeb site contains some omissions and errors.
    XVII 244-247
  23. 6 March 1858 Dramatic Grub Street. Explored in Two Letters Deploring the poor pay for writing plays compared with writing novels and compared with the situation in France and other countries.
    XVII 265-270
  24. 20 March 1858 A Shy Scheme Why not produce a Bachelor's Handbook to help shy men with the problems of proposing?
    XVII 313-316
  25. 27 March 1858 Awful Warning to Bachelors The insults to men of courtship and the wedding.
    XVII 337-340
  26. 17 April 1858 Mrs. Bullwinkle A ravenous post-natal nurse eats him out of house and home.
    XVII  409-411
  27. 21 August 1858 The Unknown Public A description of the millions who read the penny journals and their potential as a new audience for good writing.
    XVIII 217-222
  28. 28 August 1858 A Shockingly Rude Article Women can be Bores as much as men, with examples.
    XVIII 241-245
  29. 4 September 1858 Sea Breezes with the London Smack the seaside is just like London-on-sea with the same annoyances, food, entertainment, and habits.
    XVIII 274-277.
  30. 18, 25 September, & 2 October 1858 The Poisoned Meal A historical tale about a false accusation of murder in pre-revolutionary France.
    XVIII 313-318, 347-352, & 380-384.
  31. 2 October 1858 Highly Proper! Complains that private schools refuse to take the children of actors.
    XVIII 361-363
  32. 9 October 1858 A Clause for the New Reform Bill Calling for changes in the way the Queen is greeted when she visits towns. (perhaps in part with Charles Dickens - see note at end of item).
    XVIII 385-387
  33. 18 December 1858 Doctor Dulcamara, M.P. An attack on Sidney Herbert and on The Heir of Redclyffe  (with changes suggested by Dickens - see note at end of item).
    XIX 49-52
  34. 15 January 1859 Pity a Poor Prince Treat Prince Alfred like a midshipman not a Prince when he stops in ports.
    XIX 145-147
  35. 5 February 1859 Douglas Jerrold An account of Jerrold's life taken largely from his son's biography
    XIX 217-222
  36. 12 February 1859 Burns. Viewed as a Hat-Peg Celebrations of Burns night raise no money for his surviving daughter.
    XIX 241-243
  37. 26 February 1859 A Column to Burns An introductory paragraph to a response by a reader to his last
    XIX 306
  38. 12 March 1859 The Great (Forgotten) Invasion of Wales by the French army  in March 1797 and their immediate surrender
    XIX 337-341
  39. 19 March 1859 A Breach of British Privilege Un-British comfort at the new Adelphi Theatre
    XIX 361-364
  40. 28 May 1859 A Dramatic Author A sympathetic account of an actor's autobiography
    XIX 609-610

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All The Year Round
There is no definitive record of who wrote what for Dickens's periodical All The Year Round which replaced Household Words in 1859. However some are identified by other external evidence and others have been clearly identified by me in 'All The Year Round Non-fiction by Wilkie Collins (I) Wilkie Collins Society April 2011'. This archive contains six pieces mentioned in that analysis taken from the original printed All The Year Round. The whole text of All The Year Round in its original format is available at www.djo.org.uk.

  1. 30 April 1859 Sure to be Healthy Wealthy and Wise an amusing look at Victorian self-improvement advertisements
    I 5-10. See CD to WC 9 April 1858, Pilgrim IX pp48-49
  2. 28 May 1859 The Royal Academy in Bed a review of the summer exhibition allegedly from his bedroom in Peckham Rye. In fact Wilkie had a ticket and was not unwell.
    I 105-109
  3. 6 August 1859 The Bachelor Bedroom An account of four bachelors and how they lived when staying at Dickens's house Gad's Hill. The second bachelor is a parody of Collins himself; the fourth is Hans Christian Andersen
    I 355-360. Also reprinted with some amendments in My Miscellanies The Bachelor Bedroom
  4. 20 August 1859 New View of Society An amusing account of the horrors of dressing for dinner.
    I 396-399. Tied to Collins by the style, subject matter, and his view of 'dressing' for dinner which he hated.
  5. 13 February 1864 Suggestions from a Maniac An asylum inmate puts right four social ills
    XI 9-13. Tied to Collins by the reference to Thomas Idle (a pseudonym he used in The Lazy Tour), the style, and the similarity to other wry looks at aspects of society which he wrote.
  6. 8 December 1866 The Dead Lock in Italy A rare political piece by Collins looking at the hopes of Italy achieving political unity and independence
    XVI 510-514. Tied to Collins by a letter from Dickens to Birtles 25 November 1866 Pilgrim XI 277

Separate non-fiction pieces from other original sources
This list is in chronological order but does not include the many items which are not available as e-texts. Much of his work in The Leader remains to be e-texted and some identification work needs to be done on what Collins wrote there. There is also some doubt about exactly what he wrote in All The Year Round.

  1. A Pictorial Tour to St. George Bosherville a painting trip. First published Bentley's Miscellany XXIX May 1851
  2. The Exhibition of the Royal Academy. Review of the 1851 Summer Exhibition. First published Bentley's Miscellany XXIX June 1851
  3. A Plea for Sunday reform Polemical work calling for art galleries to be opened on Sundays. First published in The Leader 27 September 1851 vol II, no.79 pp925-926
  4. Magnetic Evenings at Home First published The Leader January-March 1852
  5. Prefaces to The Woman in White including the preface to the French translation La Femme en Blanc
  6. American hospitality. Wilkie Collins's speech to the Lotos Club, New York City, 27 September 1873. First published in Modern Eloquence: I, After Dinner Speeches, A-D, ed. Thomas Reed, John D Morris [1900], Philadelphia
  7. Considerations on the Copyright Question Addressed to an American Friend. Diatribe against the lack of international copyright law in the USA. First published in International Review June 1880
  8. Books Necessary for a Liberal Education A short essay in answer to a piece on books that should be read recommending his favourites. First published Pall Mall Gazette, 11 February 1886, p2
  9. How I Write My Books A short account of the méthode Collins. First published in The Globe 26 November 1887, pp. 511-514
  10. Reminscences of a Story-teller An autobiographical piece first published in Universal Review 15 June 1888 p.183

Letters
More than 3000 letters written by Wilkie Collins are known but very few are available as e-texts. However, 59 of Wilkie's letters are available on these pages. The authors of The Public Face of Wilkie Collins have a long-term project to make all his letters available on CD-ROM.

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With Dickens
These five items, contributed to Household Words or All The Year Round, were written jointly with Charles Dickens and it is generally impossible to separate the words Dickens wrote from those written by Collins.

  1. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices First published in Household Words XVI October 1857.
  2. Let at Last First published as part of A House to Let, the Christmas number of Household Words 7 December 1858
  3. The Money First published as part of A Message from the Sea, the Christmas number of All The Year Round 13 December 1860.
  4. The Restitution First published as part of A Message from the Sea, the Christmas number of All The Year Round 13 December 1860.
  5. No Thoroughfare First published as the Christmas number of All The Year Round 12 December 1867.

Links
Some of these links take you to the pages of James Rusk who has now completed his task of transferring all of Wilkie's non-copyright novels into electronic form, mainly from the Peter Fenelon Collier edition of The Works of Wilkie Collins. Despite its title this US edition published around 1895 is not quite the whole works of Collins, omitting all his plays, most of his non-fiction, many of his short stories and a couple of shorter novels. Nevertheless, it is the closest that exists to a printed complete Works and transferring its 30 volumes into electronic form has been a major service to the Collins community. James has also provided the text of The Letters of Charles Dickens to Wilkie Collins prepared by Dickens's sister-in-law Georgina Hogarth and his literary agent A P Watt and published in 1892, together with other letters from Dickens to Collins taken from The Letters of Charles Dickens published in 1880. James also e-texted Memoirs of the Life of William Collins, Esq., R.A. and The Frozen Deep which are now available exclusively on this site.

Daniel Stark runs the Deutsche Wilkie Collins Fanpage which has some e-texts of German versions of Collins books. He also did the e-text of Rambles Beyond Railways in English which is available in pdf and html versions and includes the illustrations.

Other useful pages are those of Project Gutenberg which lists the texts it has available. Many of James Rusk's e-texts are there as text or zip files rather than web pages.

Not yet e-texted
Some of Collins's plays and many of his non-fiction essays and writings are currently unavailable as e-texts, but they are slowly being added. Most of his letters are not available yet though they have been converted to e-text form and electronic publication is planned.

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