The Evil Genius

The Evil Genius

by Wilkie Collins


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Wilkie Collins wrote a succession of extraordinarily powerful novels of private life; of these "The Evil Genius" is among the finest.

The story is motivated by the attraction between Herbert Linley and the woman he hires as governess for his child Kitty—the long suffering Sydney Westerfield. As one expects with Collins, the story is driven forward with deft assurance. Yet he also treats the theme of adultery and divorce in a manner quite unconventional for his time—and, remarkably, he manages to draw readers into a sympathetic understanding of both of the main female characters: the offending governess and the aggrieved wife.

"The Evil Genius" was a very considerable success when first published; indeed, it brought Collins more financially than any of his other works. Over a century later its sinews retain the strength to speak powerfully to the reader; lively and intelligent, it is perhaps the finest of Collins’ later novels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789389370546
Publisher: Prince Classics
Publication date: 07/08/2019
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) was an English novelist who critics often credit with the invention of the English detective novel. He is best known as the author of Moonstone, The Woman in White, No Name, and Armadale.

John Bolen brings his extensive theater, film, and television experience to audiobooks. His recent television appearances include CIA: Masters of Deception on the Discovery Channel, and his recent film work includes The Land and The Inn Outside the World.

Date of Birth:

December 8, 1824

Date of Death:

September 23, 1889

Place of Birth:

London, England

Place of Death:

London, England


Studied law at Lincoln¿s Inn, London

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The Evil Genius. 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has every possible Victorian cliche from the abandoned, unloved child to the cheating but repentant husband. It is just too melodramatic. There are so many better examples of this genre. It is a title best left to diehard fans of Wilkie Collins.
susiesharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was so different than I expected from the title I expected a spooky gothic story like Woman in White but alas that is not what this book was it¿s the story of a marriage breaking up, a meddling mother-in-law, a child who suffers through it all and a young girl who seems to be taken advantage of no matter where she goes. This was an interesting look at divorce in a by gone era if a bit outdated.The narrator of this one John Bolen isn¿t a favorite, I don¿t like his women¿s voices at all and Mr. Linley (sp-audiobook) sounded like Mad Eye Moody from Harry Potter. His regular reading voice is fine but it almost seemed like he was trying too hard at all the different voices.Like I said this book wasn¿t at all what I expected it to be but it is written by Wilkie Collins so it is so well written that I kept listening. It wasn¿t a bad story it was just not what I was hoping to read if you want to try Wilkie Collins don¿t start with this one start with Woman in White or The Moonstone.3 stars
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