No Name (Paperback)

By Wilkie Collins, Mark Ford (Introduction by), Mark Ford (Notes by)

Penguin Classics, 9780140433975, 640pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 1995

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Description

"Shall I tell you what a lady is? A lady is a woman who wears a silk gown, and has a sense of her own importance."

Wilkie Collins's investigation of illegitimacy and 'the woman question' in No Name (1862) compels with a wholly different order of suspense from that of The Woman in White or The Moonstone. For its family secret - the Vanstone daughters' illegitimacy, their consequent disinheritance and fall from social grace - is revealed early on, and as Magdalen Vanstone struggles to reclaim her identity, the plot uncovers many a moral, social and legal skeleton in the cupboards of Victorian society. Mercurial and unscrupulous, Magdalen is Wilkie Collins's most exhilarating heroine, one of the rare subversives in Victorian fiction and a woman dazzlingly versatile in her powers of self-transformation. Through her, with great comic vigour, No Name exposes how social identity is constructed, and how it can be dismantled, buried, borrowed or invented.

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About the Author

Wilkie (William) Collins (1824-89) was a hugely successful and popular crime, mystery and suspense writer. He wrote the first full-length detective novels in English and set a mould for the genre as shown in The Moonstone and "The Woman in White."  

Mark Ford is a lecturer in English Literature at University College London. His publications include the poetry collections Landlocked and Soft Sift and he has also edited Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby for Penguin Classics.