By Susan R Hanes
Within the autumn of 1873, Wilkie Collins the instance of fellow literary celebrities Dickens and Thackeray, and started a six-month studying journey of the US. Hanes areas this travel in the American lyceum circulate of the later 19th century. via shut exam of private letters, information debts and newspaper reports, she builds an image of the connection among Collins and the yankee analyzing public.
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Concerning ‘The Dream Woman’, the review continued, Not to seem hypercritical with one so prominent in literature, it is also true that his story was not a good story in a singular particular. It was not even a fair sensation. The dream was no dream. The situations were unreal. There was no humor, and nothing new. And, more than all, the moral was just as bad as bad could be. It was not pleasant to hear a famous Englishman describing, before several hundred pure girls, how one wretched, fallen woman, after mysteriously killing her man, had captivated two more, and stabbed another to death in a drunken frenzy.
Affectionately, Wm A. Seaver19 October 20, 1873 My dear Seaver, I have just received your letter and will help you in your enterprise of the 22nd. N. must eat that breakfast, or 40 millions of free men shall know the reason why. Shall I bring a sausage stuffer or will you provide them? 23 Collins remained in New York for the next five days, writing letters, meeting with friends, tolerating admirers and trying to rest when he could. First Boston Reading On Tuesday, 28 October, Collins arrived in Boston24 ‘in good health’25 although in bad weather.
The one complete dramatic version of the ‘New Magdalen’ to be seen in America, is the version which I have confided to your care. Wilkie Collins London, April 19, 187357 Collins worked with John Augustin Daly,58 owner of the Broadway Theater, on the New York production, assisting with casting choices and offering suggestions as to staging, acting and other details. 59 The house was packed in spite of the ‘unpleasantly cold’ evening. Although the audience was so drawn in by the trials of the heroine that at one point, ‘there was hardly a dry eye among the ladies … and many gentlemen were openly weeping’, the reviews afterwards were mixed.
WILKIE COLLINS'S AMERICAN TOUR, 1873-1874 by Susan R Hanes