The Woman in White, No Name and Armadale 7 August 1859–1865
At Church Hill Cottage with Caroline, with “nothing between us and the ‘great water”’ [7 August 1859], and “shut up” daily at his desk “from 10 till 2 or 3, slowly and painfully” Wilkie launches his “new serial novel” [18 August 1859] For six weeks, in spite of “suffering torment with a boil between [his] legs” [30 August 1859] and percipiently observing “I seem destined, God help me! never to be well”, he labours on The Woman in White. Serialized in All The Year Round from November 1859 to August 1860, its composition absorbs Wilkie. By 11 December 1859, he has completed just over a third of the novel which, he hopes and believes, “will be the best I have written yet” [7 August 1859].
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