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I picked up a copy of Wilkie Collins' The Lady in White but have not read it yet. Apparently, it's supposed to be one of those classic gothics written in Victoria days. But, recently, I read his "The Moonstone". It's more a mystery than a gothic romance, but the atmosphere of mystery and suspense with a touch of humor was so appealing that I can't wait to dig into "The Lady in White".

Born in 1824, Collins was a contemporary of notable authors such as Dickens, Bronte and Poe. (It seems all the best authors lived and wrote around the Victoria era.) Collins was an opium addict and his knowledge of its effects may have inspired one of his characters in The Moonstone.