Man and Wife

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Imagine as a woman losing all your property to your husband. Sadly, such was the law for much of the Victorian times. Wilkie Collins's novel "The Woman in White" (starring Charles Dance in a recent BBC adaptation) first explored this absurdity. Now expanding on marriage law, Collins writes a protest for women's rights in "Man and Wife".

Two young women, Anne and Blanche, live together in Scotland after Anne's father abandoned her due to a legal loophole. Both women are engaged but Anne's fiancé, Geoffrey, is getting cold feet. Yet Anne knows a trick from the Scottish law books: if a man is witnessed to verbally declare a woman his wife, they are legally married.

Meanwhile, Blanche's fiancé, Arnold, is sent on Geoffrey's behalf to meet Anne. Under guise, Arnold publicly asks for his "wife", and accidentally potentially marries Anne. A fascinating tale of a wife's rights, this thriller will make you question the true impact of a marriage proposal.

London-born Wilke Collins (1824-1889) became known in Victorian England for his novels and plays, sometimes writing together with Charles Dickens. His most famous works, "The Woman in White" (1859) and "The Moonstone" (1868), are examples of the first modern detective novels.

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  • Nombre de pages

    688 Pages

  • Poids

    880 Ko

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    Entrepot Numérique

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    ebook (ePub)

Wilkie Collins

  • Naissance : 1-1-1824
  • Décès :1-1-1889 (Mort il y a 133 ans à l'âge de 65 ans)
  • Pays : Royaume Uni
  • Langue : Anglais

Né en 1824 et mort en 1889, inventeur du thriller contemporain, William Wilkie Collins influença jusqu'à Borges qui voyait en ses romans la première expression de la fiction moderne. Passé maître dans l'art de tisser des intrigues infernales, il aimait dire et montrer ce qu'il était convenu de taire et de cacher : un principe qu'il utilisa merveilleusement pour dépeindre l'hypocrisie de la haute société victorienne et de ses prétendues bonnes moeurs.