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January 8, 2013

Collins, Crime & Sergeant Cuff

wilkie-collins-vanity-fair-1872-152x212On this day in 1824 the mystery novelist Wilkie Collins was born. Collins’s “gaslight thrillers” were as popular among Victorian readers as the books of his friend, Charles Dickens; two of them, The Woman in White (1860) and The Moonstone (1868) have not only stayed in print but grown in reputation. Crime historians say much is owed to characters such as Sergeant Cuff, and to his stylish back-of-my-hand.

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