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About the Author: Wilkie Collins

A close friend of Charles Dickens from their meeting in March 1851 until Dickens' death in June 1870, William Wilkie Collins was one of the best known, best loved, and, for a time, best paid of Victorian fiction writers. But after his death, his reputation declined as Dickens' bloomed.

Now, Collins is being given more critical and popular attention than he has received for 50 years. Most of his books are in print, and all are now in e-text. He is studied widely; new film, television, and radio versions of some of his books have been made; and all of his letters have been published. However, there is still much to be discovered about this superstar of Victorian fiction.

Born in Marylebone, London in 1824, Collins' family enrolled him at the Maida Hill Academy in 1835, but then took him to France and Italy with them between 1836 and 1838. Returning to England, Collins attended Cole's boarding school, and completed his education in 1841, after which he was apprenticed to the tea merchants Antrobus & Co. in the Strand.

In 1846, Collins became a law student at Lincoln's Inn, and was called to the bar in 1851, although he never practised. It was in 1848, a year after the death of his father, that he published his first book, 'The Memoirs of the Life of William Collins, Esq., R.A'., to good reviews.

The 1860s saw Collins' creative high-point, and it was during this decade that he achieved fame and critical acclaim, with his four major novels, 'The Woman in White' (1860), 'No Name' (1862), 'Armadale' (1866) and 'The Moonstone' (1868). 'The Moonstone', is seen by many as the first true detective novel T. S. Eliot called it "the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels ..." in a genre invented by Collins and not by Poe.


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Hardcover, Published in Jan 1970 by Astiberri Ediciones

ISBN10: | ISBN13: 9788492769384

Page count: 288

Monkton el loco, una obra del escritor inglés Wilkie Collins con ilustraciones del dibujante sevilllano Fidel Martínez, abre —junto con El mundo perdido, de Arthur Conan Doyle, revisitado por Sagar Forniés— la colección Clásicos Ilustrados de Astiberri, donde una novela completa o una recopilación de relatos de un autor de referencia de la literatura es interpretada gráficamente a lo largo del libro con una serie de ilustraciones principalmente a toda página por un dibujante de cómics.

Encabezada por Monkton el loco, los cuentos reunidos en esta antología de Wilkie Collins, autor coetáneo y amigo personal de Charles Dickens —no en vano, fue al autor de Oliver Twist a quien le debe haberse dado a conocer popularmente–, tienen en común un tono socarrón, que en ocasiones tiende incluso a lo paródico, y un marcado acento cotidiano.

En sus páginas se puede apreciar el instinto de Collins para el suspense y su habilidad para alargar, retorcer, hilvanar y reinventar sus enrevesadas tramas, que le hicieron merecedor de elogio y admiración por parte de autores tan dispares como T. S. Eliot o Jorge Luis Borges, quien le tenía por el «maestro de la intriga».
Unos relatos a los que Fidel Martínez se ha acercado con respeto y pasión a partes iguales para regalarnos unas ilustraciones con evocadores trazos negros y grises sobre blanco que, aunque remiten a maestros del dibujo como Alberto Breccia o José Muñoz, demuestran una manifiesta personalidad propia.

Con esta propuesta, Astiberri pretende dar un paso para estrechar vínculos entre clásicos literarios y autores de cómic, aportando una visión iconográfica inédita hasta la fecha, en la que el ilustrador es también un narrador de oficio que busca ser respetuoso con la tradición y a la vez contemporáneo.

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