William Wilkie Collins
The elder son of the painter William Collins RA, who died young, Wilkie Collins trained as a barrister but never actually practised. Instead he took up writing. He was a friend of Dickens, wrote for his All the Year Round periodical and for Household Words. Aside from his contributions as a critic and essayist, he wrote a number of plays, the most successful of which was The Frozen Deep (1857), written in collaboration with Dickens.
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