Collins, Wilkie

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Collins, Wilkie Gender: M
William Wilkie Collins
born on 8 January 1824 at 19:45 (= 7:45 PM )
Place Westminster, England, 51n30, 0w09
Timezone LMT m0w09 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 17°34' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 09°22 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 27°24'

Wilkie Collins


English novelist, playwright, and author of short stories. His best-known works are The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Armadale, and No Name.

Collins' father was the painter William Collins. He attended an academy and a private boarding school. He also traveled with his family to Italy and France, and learned the French and Italian languages. His first novel Iolani, or Tahiti as It Was; a Romance, was rejected by publishers in 1845. His next novel, Antonina, was published in 1850. In 1851 he met Charles Dickens, and the two became close friends. A number of Collins's works were first published in Dickens's journals All the Year Round and Household Words. The two collaborated on several dramatic and fictional works, and some of Collins's plays were performed by Dickens's acting company.

Collins published his best known works in the 1860s, achieving financial stability and an international reputation. During this time he began suffering from gout, and developed an addiction to opium, which he took (in the form of laudanum) for pain. He continued to publish novels and other works throughout the 1870s and 80s, but the quality of his writing declined along with his health. He died on 23 September 1889.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Dickens, Charles (born 7 February 1812)
  • sibling relationship with Dickens, Kate (born 29 October 1839). Notes: siblings-in-law


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes family bible transcribed in "Family Genealogica" by F. A. Crisp, Vol. X (1889), p. 8: "William Wilkie Collins. Born January 8th 1824 ¼ before 8 in the afternoon at No 11 New cavendish Street, Parish of St: Mary-le-bone."


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (gout)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (opium)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script