The Woman in White Readalong is starting today and before we dive into the book we are supposed to record what we already know about it.
Well...Frankly it's pretty miraculous just how little I know about this book. I thought it was some kind of ghost story, but obviously I'm a Philistine since it's not (but come on: The Woman in Black is about a ghost and The Woman in White is not? That's neither fair nor logic). My only comfort is that
Anyway, I am just going to summarise what I know about the author and you should not be surprised that most of it is Dickens-related since it all comes from a Dickens biography:
- Wilkie Collins wass no woman (you might think this information is unnecessary, but trust me, it's not. I am experienced.)
- He was obviously a very close friend of Charles Dickens, which is more or less the reason I am interested in him
- He wrote a play about an Arctic expedition called The Frozen Deep. In this play two men fall in love with the same woman and the one who is not chosen by her ultimately sacrifices his life so that the other one can survive. Does this sound familiar? Exactly, because it was what influenced Dickens so heavily that he wrote A Tale of Two Cities and created the character of Sydney Carton.
- Dickens and Collins appeared in the two starring roles of The Frozen Deep.
- The play was so successful that they took it on tour and Queen Victoria demanded a special performance.