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Tag Archives: British

The Woman in White

Author: Wilkie Collins First Published: 1859-60, in All the Year Round The below is adapted  from an essay I wrote for The Guardian UK online. Often singled out as the foundation text of “sensation fiction”—a genre distinguished by its electrifying, suspenseful, and sometimes horrific plots, as well as its unsavoury themes of intrigue, jealousy, murder, […]


Author: Bram Stoker First Published: 1897, by Archibald Constable and Co. “Denn die Todten reiten Schnell” — (“For the dead travel fast.”) I love the opening chapter of Dracula—it’s like walking with someone through their own dark dream that they may or may not be remembering correctly. Jonathan Harker is travelling through a grim region […]

David Copperfield

Author: Charles Dickens First published: 1849-50, by Bradbury and Evans WARNING: Plot spoiler The year before he died, Dickens called this novel “his favorite child.” While it is not exactly mine, I can see why it was his. In David Copperfield, Dickens created some of the most memorable—if not the most memorable—characters in his entire […]