Friday, August 15, 2014

The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins

Considered to be among the first mystery novels
 

A young Walter Hartright first meets a mysterious woman in white. He helps her on her way, but later learns that she has escaped from an asylum. The next day he travels to Limmeridge House, having been hired as a drawing master on the recommendation of a friend. Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain make for a mysterious thriller.  From the hero’s foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura.


Printing History
Written by William Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)

All the Year Round (UK)
November 1859 – August 1860

Harper's Weekly (US)
November 1859 - August 1860

The Film

1948
 Directed by Peter Godfrey

Cast
Alexis Smith as Marian Halcombe
Eleanor Parker as Laura Fairlie / Ann Catherick
Sydney Greenstreet as Count Fosco
Gig Young as Walter Hartright
Agnes Moorehead as Countess Fosco
John Abbott as Frederick Fairlie
John Emery as Sir Percival Glyde
Curt Bois as Louis
Emma Dunn as Mrs. Vesey
Matthew Boulton as Doctor Nevin
Anita Sharp-Bolster as Mrs. Todd
Clifford Brooke as Jepson
Barry Bernard as Dimmock
 

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