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The Evil Genius
by Wilkie Collins
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Catherine Peters, Oxford University
"Collins boldness in drawing sympathetic portraits of both the wife and the other woman is astonishingly modern."
Collins' most financially successful novel, The Evil Genius, opens with a jury determining the fate of a sea captain whose ship allegedly facilitated a diamond theft. The story develops into a powerful novel of Victorian private life, including deception, adultery and divorce.
An "evil genius" is threatening to rip apart the fabric of the Linley home. Who is it and why? Is it the orphaned young governess for whom the father lusts; the brother-in-law who appears to help everyone, but succeeds often in making things worse; the meddling mother-in-law whose good intentioned interferences lead to greater heartache; the disloyal father, or perhaps the unassuming daughter?
The gentlemen of the jury retired to consider their verdict.
From the Publisher
The Broadview Literary Texts series is an effort to represent the ever-changing canon of literature in English by bringing together texts long regarded as classics with valuable, though lesser-known literature.
About the Author
Graham Law is an associate professor of English Studies at Waseda University, Japan, the author of Reading Contemporary English Fiction, widely published on the subject of nineteenth-century suspense novels and the editor of two other Broadview Literary Texts editions: Hard Times and Great Expectations (with Adrian Pinnington).
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