The Moonstone

The Moonstone

By Wilkie Collins; Sandra Kemp (Editor); Sandra Kemp (Introduction by)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140434088, 528pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 1999

Description
"When you looked down into the stone, you looked into a yellow deep that drew your eyes into it so that they saw nothing else."
The Moonstone, a yellow diamond looted from an Indian temple and believed to bring bad luck to its owner, is bequeathed to Rachel Verinder on her eighteenth birthday. That very night the priceless stone is stolen again and when Sergeant Cuff is brought in to investigate the crime, he soon realizes that no one in Rachel's household is above suspicion. Hailed by T. S. Eliot as "the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels," "The Moonstone"is a marvellously taut and intricate tale of mystery, in which facts and memory can prove treacherous and not everyone is as they first appear.
Sandra Kemp's introduction examines "The Moonstone"as a work of Victorian sensation fiction and an early example of the detective genre, and discusses the technique of multiple narrators, the role of opium, and Collins's sources and autobiographical references.


About the Author
English novelist and playwright Wilkie Collins was a prolific writer with a body of work comprising thirty novels, over sixty short stories, more than a dozen plays, and a wide range of non-fiction pieces. Collins is best known for his novels The Woman in White, an early sensation novela genre combining shocking gothic horror with everyday domestic settingsand The Moonstone, which is credited as one of the first modern mystery novels. In the 1850s Collins met Charles Dickens and the two struck up a friendship, which lead to Collins becoming a frequent contributor to Dickens s journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Many of his stories have been adapted for film, including Basil, A Terribly Strange Bed, The Moonstone and The Woman in White. Collins died in 1889 at the age of 65.

Judith Squires teaches Politics at the University of Bristol. Sandra Kemp teaches English at Goldsmiths College, University of London.


Judith Squires teaches Politics at the University of Bristol. Sandra Kemp teaches English at Goldsmiths College, University of London.