THE WOMAN IN WHITE
IN ITS ORIGINAL PARTS
150th anniversary project


One hundred and fifty years after its first publication,
The Woman in White has been published once more in its original, weekly parts on the dates the originals were published. For the first time in one and a half centuries readers can enjoy the original text exactly as it was first published. And experience the agonising week's wait after each cliff-hanging ending.

All forty parts have now been published. You can download each part through the links below either as a PDF of the text and or as a PDF of images of the original periodical pages. Set your own timetable and download one part a week. Or you can download the whole 40 parts of the text in one PDF. The text PDFs reproduce the original text including all original printing errors. Those errors are listed in a separate document. If you find mistakes that are not listed please let me know.

                                                                                                                                                                                      "Is that the road to London?" she said.

You can also read the introduction to each part which was sent out with the weekly email.  There is a collection of background material which includes the illustrations from the 1875 Piccadilly edition; an account by Collins of how he wrote the story; an interesting paragraph written by Dickens about a White Woman published in 1853; three original prefaces to the book by Wilkie Collins.

The story was published simultaneously in New York in Harper's Weekly. Each part had one or two illustrations by John McLenan (1827-1865). They are also available for each part and in a pdf of the illustrations to all 40 parts.

There is also an e-text and PDFs of 'The Ghost in the Cupboard Room', Collins's contribution to the Christmas number of All The Year Round which was written while he was writing The Woman in White.

The story first appeared as a serial in Charles Dickens's periodical All The Year Round beginning with the issue dated Saturday 26 November 1859 and ending with the issue dated Saturday 25 August 1860. In fact parts were published on the Wednesday before their date. And the parts were published here week by week exactly 150 years after their original publication on the same calendar date.

You can hear about the project on Night Waves on BBC Radio 3 (and read more here), Front Row on BBC Radio 4, or The Strand on BBC World Service.

The first part was available on Monday 23 November 2009 and the last on Sunday 22 August 2010, in the morning UK time. (The day changed on 7 March because of the Leap Year in 1860).
*** The text pdfs of parts 20-40 were updated on 23 August 2010 ***
Part Published Dated All The Year Round Harper's Weekly
40 22 August 1860/2010 25 August 1860 All The Year Round No.70 Text PDF Image PDF Errors of the press John McLenan Illustrations Illus PDF
39 15 August 1860/2010 18 August 1860 All The Year Round No.69 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
38 8 August 1860/2010 11 August 1860 All The Year Round No.68 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
37 1 August 1860/2010 4 August 1860 All The Year Round No.67 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
36 25 July 1860/2010 28 July 1860 All The Year Round No.66 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
35 18 July 1860/2010 21 July 1860 All The Year Round No.65 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
34 11 July 1860/2010 14 July 1860 All The Year Round No.64 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
33 4 July 1860/2010 7 July 1860 All The Year Round No.63 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
32 27 June 1860/2010 30 June 1860 All The Year Round No.62 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
31 20 June 1860/2010 23 June 1860 All The Year Round No.61 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
30 13 June 1860/2010 16 June 1860 All The Year Round No.60 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
29 6 June 1860/2010 9 June 1860 All The Year Round No.59 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
28 30 May 1860/2010 2 June 1860 All The Year Round No.58 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
27 23 May 1860/2010 26 May 1860 All The Year Round No.57 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
26 16 May 1860/2010 19 May 1860 All The Year Round No.56 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
25 9 May 1860/2010 12 May 1860 All The Year Round No.55 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
24 2 May 1860/2010 5 May 1860 All The Year Round No.54 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
23 25 April 1860/26 April 2010 28 April 1860 All The Year Round No.53 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
22 18 April 1860/2010 21 April 1860 All The Year Round No.52 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
21 11 April 1860/2010 14 April 1860 All The Year Round No.51 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
20 4 April 1860/2010 7 April 1860 All The Year Round No.50 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
19 28 March 1860/2010 31 March 1860 All The Year Round No.49 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
18 21 March 1860/2010 24 March 1860 All The Year Round No.48 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
17 14 March 1860/2010 17 March 1860 All The Year Round No.47 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
16 7 March 1860/8 March 2010 10 March 1860 All The Year Round No.46 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
15 29 February 1860/1 March 2010 3 March 1860 All The Year Round No.45 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
14 22 February 1860/2010 25 February 1860 All The Year Round No.44 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
13 15 February 1860/2010 18 February 1860 All The Year Round No.43 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
12 8 February 1860/2010 11 February 1860 All The Year Round No.42. Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
11 1 February 1860/2010 4 February 1860 All The Year Round No.41 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
10 25 January 1860/2010 28 January 1860 All The Year Round No.40 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
9 18 January 1860/2010 21 January 1860 All The Year Round No.39 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
8 11 January 1860/2010 14 January 1860 All The Year Round No.38 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
7 4 January 1860/2010 7 January 1860 All The Year Round No.37 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
6 28 December 1859/2009 31 December 1859 All The Year Round No.36 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
5 21 December 1859/2009 24 December 1859 All The Year Round No.35 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
4 14 December 1859/2009 17 December 1859 All The Year Round No.34 Text PDF Image
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John McLenan Illustrations
  13 December 1859/2009 13 December 1859 The Ghost in the Cupboard Room Text PDF Image PDF  
3 7 December 1859/2009 10 December 1859 All The Year Round No.33 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan Illustrations
2 30 November 1859/2009 3 December 1859 All The Year Round No.32 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan illustrations
1 23 November1858/2009 26 November 1859 All The Year Round No.31 Text PDF Image PDF John McLenan illustrations
                      
With grateful thanks to James Rusk who did the hard work of e-texting the original parts.


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