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by Wilkie Collins
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The Moonstone, one of Wilkie Collins's most popular and successful novels, has never been out of print since its first .
The Moonstone, one of Wilkie Collins's most popular and successful novels, has never been out of print since its first publication in 1868.
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The Moonstone' is a remarkable book written by Willkie Collins. It is considered to be the first detective novel. It has an interesting structure. Five witnesses in turn to tell their version of the events. The unusual story takes place in England in the 19th century. Colonel Herncastle served in India and stole a diamond from the statue of an Indian god. The legend says that three priests guard the diamond and follow it wherever it goes. So nobody can own it without getting into trouble.
The Penguin English Library (or PEL) is described by Penguin as collectable general . This version of the Penguin English Library series was initially released in 2012 with 100 titles.
This version of the Penguin English Library series was initially released in 2012 with 100 titles. In 2014 an additional 5 titles were released (all by Arthur Conan Doyle). In 2018 a further 20 titles were released; resulting in 125 titles in total (at present).
Wilkie Collins (1824-89) was a prolific novelist, playwright and short-story writer
Wilkie Collins (1824-89) was a prolific novelist, playwright and short-story writer. Born into a family of artists, in later life the writer of thirty novels and lifelong friend of Charles Dickens became addicted to opium, which he took to help relieve the severe pain of 'rheumatic gout', a form of arthritis. He began to suffer from paranoia and hallucinations, including the presence of a 'subjective doppelgänger' he named Ghost Wilkie, and the drug plays a prominent part in The Moonstone.