Wilkie Collins

These exquisite and collectible editions are published as a part of Penguin’s beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series. Designed by the multi-award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, the series features editions that are bound in high-quality, colorful, and tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. The chilling encounter that takes place on a moonlit London street between Walter Hartright and the Woman in White is famous for being the novel’s opening scene. Walter is drawn into the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his ‘charming’ friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for white mice, vanilla bonbons, and poison. Walter is engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie. The Woman in White is the first and most influential work of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism. It is set in England and follows the protagonist as she investigates questions of identity and insanity through the halls and passageways of English country houses and a madhouse.