The Woman in White Introduction

by Wilkie Collins

Considered one of the first mystery novels, this extraordinary piece of Victorian literature is wrought with dizzying twists and psychological turns. Walter Hartright’s encounter with a mysterious woman clad in white leaves him spellbound. His thoughts are plagued so much by the encounter that he shares the story with his drawing students—the beautiful Laura Fairlie, and her half-sister, Marian Halcombe. But this woman in white piques more than their curiosity. As the story unravels, so does a mystery of identity, insanity, and betrayal.