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The Life and Works of Wilkie Collins
"Wilkie Collins was one of the most influential authors of the 19th century yet today much of his work has been forgotten. I hope this quiz will inspire you to read his books and find out what made him one of the most popular writers of his time."
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What was the occupation of Wilkie's father, William Collins?
What was Wilkie Collins' first job after leaving school at the age of seventeen?
Lawyer at Lincoln's Inn Court
Clerk to a firm of tea merchants
Cabinet maker's apprentice
What was the title of Wilkie Collins' first published book?
Memoirs of the Life of William Collins, Esq, RA
Rambles Beyond Railways
Antonina, or the Fall of Rome
The Law and The Lady
How many times was Wilkie Collins married?
From what illness did Collins suffer throughout most of his adult life?
Which other 19th century novelist was a close friend of Wilkie Collins, collaborating with him on several short stories and plays?
William Makepeace Thackeray
Which of Collins' books, featuring the private detective Sergeant Cuff, was famously described by T.S. Eliot as "the first, the longest and the best of modern English detective novels"?
The Haunted Hotel
The Black Robe
Which Wilkie Collins novel, often considered to be his greatest work, includes among its characters a scheming Italian count, a secretive baronet, a poor drawing master and a mysterious woman who has escaped from an asylum?
The Evil Genius
The Queen of Hearts
The Woman in White
In 1862 the publisher Sampson Low paid Collins £3,000 for the rights to his latest novel - a record amount at the time. Which novel was this?
The Guilty River
The Dead Secret
In which year did Wilkie Collins die, several months after suffering a stroke?
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Compiled Jun 28 12