Publications

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Our newsletters and supplements are all available as free downloads.

There’s currently a New Year Sale with 25% off all our titles, except The Lighthouse, which is available at a special price of £10.00. The discount is applied automatically on the order form.

Reprints

The Wilkie Collins Society reprints work by Wilkie Collins which have never been published or have remained unpublished since the 19th century. Each contains the original text together with an introduction and bibliographic information about its first publication.

Wilkie’s Two Late “American Stories”: Finds or Fakes?
Two stories attributed in local American newspapers to Wilkie Collins, analysed by Prof. Graham Law who concludes neither in fact is by him. October 2013. Limited edition of 200. A5, 54pp.

The Lighthouse – A Drama in Two Acts
Ed Andrew Gasson and Caroline Radcliffe, 2013, limited hardback edition of 250 copies, 90pp
The original text taken from the manuscript in the British Library with an introduction and notes on the writing and production of Wilkie’s first play, with 14 illustrations.

[Find out more about ‘The Song of the Wreck’ from The Lighthouse and listen to a recorded performance]

All The Year Round – Non-fiction by Wilkie Collins (II)
The Bachelor Bedroom, The Dead Lock in Italy, Suggestions from a Maniac.
Ed. Paul Lewis. September 2012.
Limited edition of 300 copies. A5. 34pp.
Three more of Wilkie’s non-fiction pieces from All The Year Round with introductions for the three.

Wilkie Collins, Sport and Exercise
Ed. Andrew Gasson. September 2012
A compilation of Wilkie’s thoughts on sport and exercise from his letters and fiction. A5. 12pp.

All The Year Round – Non-fiction by Wilkie Collins (I)
Sure to be Healthy Wealthy and Wise, The Royal Academy In Bed, New View of Society.
Ed. Paul Lewis. April 2011.
Limited edition of 300 copies. A5. 24pp.
Three of Wilkie’s non-fiction pieces from All The Year Round with an introduction analysing the authorship of 23 pieces tied to Collins by others.

Opinions of the Press The original press criticism of the dramatic version of The Woman in White 9 October 1871.
February 2010. A5. 16pp.

‘The Ghost in the Cupboard Room.’ as originally published in The Haunted House, the Christmas number of All The Year Round 1859.
December 2009. A5. 8pp.
Newly transcribed from the original periodical publication

‘The Woman in White’ parts 1 and 2 as originally published in All The Year Round 26 November and 3 December 1859
December 2009. A5. 23pp.
Newly transcribed from the original periodical publication

Volpurno: or The Student by Wilkie Collins
Edited and introduced by Paul Lewis.
February 2009. Limited edition of 300 copies. A5. 16pp.
This story has recently been identified in an American newspaper in July 1843. That makes it the earliest known published work of Wilkie Collins.

‘The New Dragon of Wantley: A Social Revelation’ A Lost Tale by Wilkie Collins.
Edited and introduced by Professor Graham Law. November 2007. Limited edition of 300 copies. A5.24pp.
This pamphlet reproduces a hitherto unidentified story by Wilkie Collins originally published in The Leader 20 December 1851. Professor Law also uses new evidence to produce the most complete and accurate list yet of Collins’s contributions to The Leader.

How I write my Books: Related in a Letter to a Friend.
Ed. Andrew Gasson and Paul Lewis. July 2007. Limited edition of 300 copies. A5. 8pp.
Collins’s own explanation of how he creates the plot and turns it into a story. First published 26 November 1887.

Wilkie Collins by George Makepeace Towle.
Ed. Andrew Gasson. August 2006. Limited edition of 300 copies. A5. 8pp.
This short biography was originally published in Appleton’s Journal of Popular Literature, Science, and Art 3 September 1870. It contains several autobiographical quotes from Collins himself.

Household Words – Non-fiction by Wilkie Collins part II
A Shy Scheme, Awful Warning to Bachelors, Sea-breezes with the London Smack.
Ed. Paul Lewis. August 2006.
Limited edition of 300 copies. A5. 24pp.
Reprints three more of Wilkie’s non-fiction contributions to Dickens’s weekly Household Words.

Household Words – Non-fiction by Wilkie Collins part I
Strike!, Highly Proper!, A Breach of British Privilege.
Ed. Paul Lewis. April 2006.
Limited edition of 300 copies. A5. 24pp.
Reprints three of Wilkie’s non-fiction contributions to Dickens’s weekly Household Words.

The Widows – unpublished sketches for two plays concerning marriage law. Edited by Andrew Gasson and Graham Law. September 2005. Limited edition of 300 copies. A5. 20pp.
Reprints in facsimile and text two different versions of sketches for plays found in Texas and Lancashire.

A National Wrong by James Payn and Wilkie Collins.
Ed. Graham Law, Andrew Gasson, Paul Lewis. July 2004. Limited edition of 300 copies. A5. 20pp.
A reprint of a piece originally published on 12 February 1870 in Chambers’ Journal about Wilkie’s copyright dispute with the Dutch publishers Belinfante Brothers. Includes a commentary on the case and the development of international copyright law by Professor Graham Law.

The Cruise of the Tomtit.
Ed. Paul Lewis. April 2003. Limited edition of 300 copies. A5. 20pp.
A reprint of one of Wilkie’s longer and lighter pieces of non-fiction from Household Words. Includes full footnotes.

The Victims of Circumstances Discovered in the Records of Old Trials
Ed. Graham Law.
June 2002. Limited edition of 300 copies. A5. 20pp.
The first complete edition of this work which includes the third story not published since 1887.

Magnetic Evenings at Home
Ed. Paul Lewis. August 2001. Limited edition of 250 copies. A4. 28pp.
An account of mesmerism and clairvoyance with a reply by G.H.Lewes. Originally published in The Leader January-April 1852.

A Novelist on Novel Writing
Ed. Andrew Gasson. March 2001. Limited edition of 300 copies. A5. 12pp.
A recently discovered interview with Wilkie Collins revealing that Armadale was his own favourite among his works. Originally published in Cassell’s Saturday Journal 5 March 1887.

A Plea for Sunday Reform
Ed. Paul Lewis. July 2000.Limited edition of 300 copies. A5. 12pp.
An early polemical essay calling for art galleries and museums to open on Sundays. Originally published in The Leader 27 September 1851.

The Exhibition of the Royal Academy
Ed. Paul Lewis. March 1999. Limited edition of 300 copies. A5. 16pp.
A perceptive and entertaining account of the RA’s Summer art exhibition. Originally published in Bentley’s Miscellany June 1851.

Considerations on the Copyright Question Addressed to an American Friend
Ed. Andrew Gasson. November 1997. Limited edition of 300 copies. A5. 20pp.
A diatribe against the lack of copyright protection in the United States of America for works by foreign authors. Originally published as a pamphlet in 1880.

A Pictorial Tour to St. George Bosherville
Ed. Paul Lewis. November 1996. Limited edition of 300 copies. A5. 28pp.
A comic account of a painting trip in France. Originally published in Bentley’s Miscellany May 1851.

A Little Fable
Ed. Andrew Gasson. July 1996. Out of print – photocopies only.
A copy and transcript of a previously unpublished manuscript from the early 1880s. Similar to part of Heart and Science.

Pamphlets

Wilkie Collins: Newly Identified Contributions in All The Year Round
Paul Lewis, January 2017. A5.
Eight newly identified pieces in Dickens’s periodical and analysis of whether Wilkie in fact wrote them.

What Wilkie Earned from All The Year Round
Paul Lewis, August 2015. A5.
New information about Wilkie’s pay and profit share from Dickens’s periodical.

The Woman in White, Editions and Changes
Andrew Gasson, December 2015. A5
An update to ‘The Woman in White: A chronological Study’, WCS 2011 showing how corrections and amendments were made to the text in early London and New York publications.

Wilkie in Parliament
Julien Foster, August 2014. A5.
Brings together all the known occasions when Wilkie has been mentioned in House of Commons and House of Lords.

A Marriage of Convenience? – an analysis of Charles Collins’s marriage. Angela Richardson. April 2012. A5. 8pp.

The Woman in White – a chronological study. Andrew Gasson. September 2010 A5. 22pp.
The latest scholarship on the publishing history of Wilkie Collins’s most famous book.

Walter’s Walk – Walter Hartright meets the woman in white Monday 6 August 1849. Paul Lewis. August 2010. A5. 21pp.
A reconstruction of the walk at the start of The Woman in White with a new identification of the place ‘where four roads met’ and colour images.

Wilkie Collins and the Dinner at the Society of Authors. Ed. Andrew Gasson and Paul Lewis. March 2007. Limited edition of 300 copies. A5. 12pp.
This pamphlet reproduces the dinner menu, seating plan and order of proceedings for the Dinner to American Men & Women of Letters on 25 July 1888 with a commentary and contextual notes.

The Visit by Wilkie Collins to Botallack Mine by Pierre Tissot van Patot, A5, 8pp
Puts Wilkie’s 1850 visit in its modern context

Rambles Around Marylebone by William M. Clarke 1994. A5 pamphlet, 12pp. Signed by the author.
An account of houses Wilkie lived in with a map and route to see them. With updated information sheet Summer 2006

Miscellaneous

Overture to The Frozen Deep by Francesco Berger performed on the piano by Vyvian Bronk. CD With an illustrated introduction by Andrew Gasson. May 2008. Published in May 2008 in association with the Dickens Fellowship.
Until its discovery and performance early in 2008 this overture had not been heard since 1857.

Postcard – Portrait of Wilkie Collins by his friend John Everett Millais, 1851. National Portrait Gallery reproduction.

Badge – The Wilkie Collins Society badge is a small enamel version of Wilkie’s monogram in black and silver, now used as the logo of the Society

Wilkie Collins Society Journal – New Series 1998-2007

Edited by Professor Graham Law and Professor Lillian Nayder, the Journal publishes peer reviewed academic papers relating to the work and life of Wilkie Collins.

Since 2007 a third series has begun and is online at http://wilkiecollinssociety.org/journal/ The current issue is password protected for members only. Earlier issues are available to all.

2007 vol.10

Natalie B. Cole, “A Bed Abroad”: Travel Lodgings and the “Apartment House Plot” in Little Dorrit and The Haunted Hotel

Mariaconcetta Costantini, A Land of Angels with Stilettos: Travel Experiences and Literary Representations of Italy in Wilkie Collins

William Baker, Andrew Gasson, Graham Law, Paul Lewis The Collected Letters of Wilkie Collins: Addenda and Corrigenda (3)

Reviews of:

  • A Wilkie Collins Chronology; Lives of Victorian Literary Figures, Part V: Vol.2 Wilkie Collins ed. William Baker & Andrew Gasson
  • Wilkie Collins: Interdisciplinary Essays ed. Andrew Mangham
  • Violent Women and Sensation Fiction: Crime, Medicine and Victorian Popular Culture by Andrew Mangham

2006 vol.9

Paul Lewis, My Dear Dickens: Reconstructing the Letters from Collins

Graham Law, A Tale of Two Authors: The Shorter Fiction of Gaskell and Collins

Chris Louttit, From “A Journey in Search of Nothing” to “The Lazy Tour”: Collins, Dickens, and the “Tyro Do Nothing”

William Baker, Andrew Gasson, Graham Law, Paul Lewis The Collected Letters of Wilkie Collins: Addenda and Corrigenda (2)

Reviews of:

  • Longing: Narratives of Nostalgia in the British Novel by Tamara S. Wagner
  • Wilkie Collins’s The Dead Alive: The Novel, the Case, and Wrongful Convictions by Rob Warden
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins ed. Maria K. Bachman & Don Richard Cox

2005 vol.8

Jessica Cox, Gendered Visions: The Figure of the Prostitute
Aoife Leahy, Ruskin and the Evil of the Raphaelesque in Hide and Seek
Tamara S. Wagner Collins and the Custody Novel: Parental Abduction and Family Business

William Baker, Andrew Gasson, Graham Law, Paul Lewis The Collected Letters of Wilkie Collins: Addenda and Corrigenda

Reviews of:

  • Wilkie Collins by Lyn Pykett
  • The Public Face of Wilkie Collins ed. William Baker, Andrew Gasson, Graham Law, and Paul Lewis
  • The White Phantom by Mary Elizabeth Braddon ed. Jennifer Carnell

2004 vol.7

Laurence Talairach-Vielmas, Mad Scientists and Chemical Ghosts: On Collins’s “materialist supernaturalism”

G. St. John Scott, Parts, Narratives, and Numbers: The Structure of The Woman in White

Carolyn Oulton,”Never be divided again”: Armadale and the Threat to Romantic Friendship

Angela Richardson, “Dearest Harriet”: On Harriet Collins’s Italian Journal, 1836-37

Reviews of:

  • Reality’s Dark Light  ed. Maria K. Bachman and Don Richard Cox
  • Victorian Publishing  by Alexis Weedon and The Making of the Victorian Novelist  by Bradley Deane

2003 vol.6

Laurence Talairach-Vielmas, Madame Rachel’s Enamel: Fatal Secrets of Victorian Sensational Mirrors

Patricia Pulham, Textual/sexual masquerades: Reading the Body in The Law and the Lady

Andrew Mangham, Hysterical Fictions: Mid-Nineteenth-Century Medical Constructions of Hysteria and the Fiction of Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Reviews of: 

  • Wilkie Collins: Man of Mystery and Imagination by Alexander Grinstein
  • A Companion to the Victorian Novel by William Baker and Kenneth Womack
  • A Companion to the Victorian Novel ed. Patrick Brantlinger and William B Thesing
  • The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel ed Deidre David
  • Literature and Religion in Mid-Victorian England by Carolyn Oulton
  • Blind Love by Wilkie Collins ed. Maria K Bachman and Don Richard Cox

2002 vol.5

Paul Lewis, My Dear Wilkie: The Letters from Dickens to Collins

Casey A Cothran, “Black and White”: British and American versions

Clair Hughes, Lady Audley: The Woman in Colour

Graham Law, Collins and Chattos: The Reading Papers

Reviews of:

  • Unequal Partners by Lillian Nayder
  • Women Musicians in Victorian Fiction by Phyllis Weliver
  • Wilkie Collins’s Library by William Baker

2001 vol.4

Emma Liggins, Her resolution to Die: “Wayward Women” and Constructions of Suicide in Wilkie Collins’s Crime Fiction

Natalie Kapetanios, Hunger for Closure in Lady Audley’s Secret and Armadale

Richard S Allbright, “A twisted piece of paper…half-burned upon the hearthrug”: Depictions of Writing in Lady Audley’s Secret.

Reviews of:

  • The Sensation Novel and the Victorian Family Magazine, by Deborah Wynne
  • The Fiction of Geopolitics by Christopher GoGwilt
  • Serializing Fiction in the Victorian Press by Graham Law
  • The Private Rod by Marlene Tromp
  • Detective Fiction and the Rose of Forensic Science by Ronald R Thomas

2000 vol.3

Steve Dillon, Resurfacing Collins’s “Basil”

Andrew Maunder, Ellen Wood was a Writer: Rediscovering Collins’s Rival

Emma Liggins, Of the Violence of the Working Woman: Collins and Discourses on Criminality, 1860-1880

Mark Knight, Rethinking Bibliolatry: Wilkie Collins, William Booth and the Culture of Evangelicalism

Susan R Hanes, Wilkie Collins and Dorothy L. Sayers

Graham Law, “Poor Fargus”: On Wilkie Collins and “Hugh Conway”

1999 vol.2 (Photocopy only)

Richard Collins, The Ruins of Copán in The Woman in White: Wilkie Collins and John Stephens’ Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan

Simon Cooke, Reading Landscapes: Wilkie Collins, the Pathetic Fallacy and the Semiotics of the Victorian Wasteland

K A Kale, Could Lydia Gwilt have been happy? A New Reading of Armadale as Marital Tragedy

Phyllis Weaver, Music and Female Power in Sensation Fiction

Allan W Atlas, Collins, Count Fosco, and the Concertina

Steve Farmer & Graham Law, ‘Belt and Braces’ Serialization: The Case of Heart and Science

Reviews of:

  • The Letters of Wilkie Collins by Baker and Clarke.
  • Ioláni ed. Ira Nadel,
  • The Moonstone ed. Steve Farmer.

1998 vol.1

Simon Cooke, Action and Attitude: Wilkie Collins and the Language of Melodramatic Gesture

Catherine Peters, Frances Dickinson: Friend of Wilkie Collins

Carolyn Oulton, Wilkie Collins – An Interpretation of Christian Belief

K A Kale, Yes and No: Problems of Closure in Collins’s “I Say No!”

P D Edwards, Wilkie Collins and Edmund Yates: a Postscript

Graham Law, Materials Relating to Collins in the Watt Collection at Chapel Hill

Reviews of:

  • Wilkie Collins by Lillian Nayder
  • Wilkie Collins: An Illustrated Guide by Andrew Gasson

The Collected Letters of Wilkie Collins: Addenda & Corrigenda

Each year the Society publishes a supplement to The Public Face: The Collected Letters of Wilkie Collins, Pickering & Chatto, London 2005. The book and the supplements are edited by William Baker, Andrew Gasson, Graham Law, & Paul Lewis.

Addenda & Corrigenda (10) 2016
[forthcoming]

Addenda & Corrigenda (9) 2016
Thirty-nine new letters

Addenda & Corrigenda (8) 2013
Thirty-three new letters

Addenda & Corrigenda (7) 2011
Twenty-eight new letters and the Archer Archive. A5 46pp

Addenda & Corrigenda (6) 2010
Twenty-five new letters. A5 22pp

Addenda & Corrigenda (5) 2009
Twenty-nine new letters. A5 22pp

Addenda & Corrigenda (4) 2008
Forty-one new letters. A5 36pp

Addenda & Corrigenda (3) 2007
Sixty new letters. A5 36pp

Addenda & Corrigenda (2) 2006
Eighteen new letters. A5 12pp

Addenda & Corrigenda (1) 2005
Eleven new letters. A5 8pp