Wilkie Collins (January 8, 1824-September 23, 1889) was the author of thirty novels, more than sixty short stories, fourteen plays (including an adaptation of The Moonstone), and more than one hundred nonfiction pieces. His best-known works are The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Armadale, and No Name.
"The first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels in a genre invented by Collins and not by Poe." -- T.S. Eliot, author of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock "Probably the very finest detective story ever written." -- Dorothy L. Sayers "Probably the best detective tale in the world." -- G. K. Chesterton, author of The Victorian Age in Literature