Wilkie Collins

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Armadale is a novel by the English author Wilkie Collins, published in 1866. The novel begins with a prologue in which a dying man named Allan Armadale confesses that he murdered a man with the same name as him. What follows is a complex and gripping tale of intrigue, murder, and deception that spans two generations as the son of the murdered man unknowingly meets the son of the murderer and becomes close to him - both are also called Allan Armadale, although the son of the murderer goes by the name of Ozias Midwinter. Revenge features too in the form of the villain of the story Lydia Gwilt, who feels she was wronged by Armadales family and sets out to inherit Alan's fortune by any means necessary. Armadale was first serialised in Cornhill Magazine and Harpers New Monthly Magazine between 1864 and 1866. The novel explores themes of identity, fate, and the consequences of our actions, and is known as one of Collins' 'great novels' of the 1860s.

This book has 297,956 words, 476 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1866.

Production notes: This ebook of Armadale was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 20th March 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Portrait of Marquise de Miramon' by James Tissot.

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