A close friend and collaborator of Charles Dickens, Collins secured his own fame with sensational novels that feature intricate legal plots, mistaken identities, and complex crimes. Boldly challenging the mores of Victorian society by maintaining two families and shunning the institution of marriage, Collins was also one of the most unconventional public figures of his day. His life story, succinctly told in this elegant biography, promises to instruct and to entertain.
Melisa Klimaszewski is Assistant Professor of English at Drake University. She is the co-author, with Melissa Valiska Gregory, of Brief Lives: Charles Dickens (Hesperus, 2007) and has edited several of Dickens's collaborative Christmas numbers.