Uncanny Lit: Why We Love Wilkie Collins’s “The Woman in White”

It is too hot to take autumn seriously, and yet we have turned early to Uncanny Lit:  Victorian sensation novels,  Gothic novels, and ghost stories by Sheridan Le Fanu rule the supernatural season. I am happily reading Wilkie Collins, master of suspense and sensation. I opted for The  Woman in White (1859), which was dubbed the first sensation novel, and outsold even Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the American best-seller of the 19th century.

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