A CHRONOLOGY OF WILKIE COLLINS
LifeHistorical and cultural background
1824 (8Jan.) Born at 11 New
Cavendish Street, St
Marylebone, London, elder
son of William Collins, RA
( 1788-1847), artist, and
Harriet Collins, née Geddes
( 1790-1868).
Death of Byron
Scott, Redgauntlet
1825 Stockton-Darlington railway opened.
Hazlitt Spirit of the Age
1826 (Spring) Family moves to
Pond Street, Hampstead
1827 Death of Blake; University College
London founded.
1828 (25Jan.) Brother, Charles
Allston Collins, born.
Birth of Meredith, D. G. Rossetti;
Catholic Emancipation Act.
1829 (Autumn) Family moves to
Hampstead Square.
Balzac La Comédie humaine begins
publication
1830 Family moves to Porchester
Terrace, Bayswater.
Death of George IV and accession of
William IV;July Revolution in France.
Hugo, Hernani
Tennyson, Poems Chiefly Lyrical
1831 British Association for the
Advancement of Science founded;
Britain annexes Mysore.
1832 Deaths of Bentham, Crabbe, Goethe,
Scott; First Reform Bill passed.
1833 Slavery abolished throughout British
Empire.
Carlyle, Sartor Resartus
1834 Deaths of Coleridge, Lamb; new Poor
Law comes into effect; Tolpuddle
Martyrs.
1835 (13Jan.) Starts school, the
Maida Hill Academy.
Dickens, Sketches by Boz (1st series)
1836 (19 Sept.- 15 Aug. 1838) Family
visits France and Italy.
1837 Death of William IV and accession of
Victoria.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Note on the Text xxiii
  • Select Bibliography xxv
  • A Chronology of Wilkie Collins xxvii
  • Letter of Dedication. xxxix
  • Part I. I 1
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