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Bonus: Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins

Jordan Evans-Hill and Emma Harper discuss the fascinating friendship between Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. 

Affairs of the Heart

Letter, from Charles Dickens to Georgina Hogarth, 29 October 1868


Charles often decided to ‘tone down’ Wilkie's writing to ensure they wouldn’t offend middle-class readers.

Unfinished Works

The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1870


There were times during Charles and Wilkie’s friendship where differing opinions on literary ideals, personal relationships, and clashing social and political views created points of contention.

Reconsidered Corrections

The Frozen Deep, annotated by Wilkie Collins, 1866

Musical Accompaniment

Overture to 'The Frozen Deep,' 1857

The Frozen Deep

Photograph of the Charles Dickens-Wilkie Collins Dramatic Company, 1857


Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins were both keen performers.

A Final Story

Incomplete draft of 'Tom Tiddler's Gound' 1861

Satellite of Jupiter

Joining the Household Words made Wilkie’s professional subordination to Charles official – ‘one of the satellites of Jupiter’, as a contemporary reviewer put it.


Charles Dickens often collaborated with his friend Wilkie Collins.

As Close as Family

Here Charles lies on the grass relaxing with family and friends, including Wilkie second on the left, distinguishable by his beard.

Best Friends

Charles invites Wilkie to Brighton, clearly wanting his best friend to cheer him up on his special day.

Mutual Friends: The Adventures of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins

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