The Moonstone (1868) by Wilkie Collins is a 19th-century British epistolary novel. It is generally considered to be the first detective novel, and it established many of the ground rules of the modern detective novel. The story was originally serialised in Charles Dickens' magazine All the Year Round. The Moonstone and The Woman in White are widely considered to be Collins' best novels, and Collins adapted The Moonstone for the stage in 1877, although the production was performed for only two months.
One of the earliest and greatest of detective novels, with opium in the form of laudanum playing an important role in the plot. The author himself became a laudanum addict because of his use of the narcotic for many years to alleviate his suffering from the pains of gout.
Literary significance - The book is regarded by some as the precursor of the modern mystery novel and suspense novels. T. S. Eliot called it "the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels in a genre invented by Collins and not by Poe," and Dorothy L. Sayers praised it as "probably the very finest detective story ever written." In "The Victorian Age in Literature," G. K. Chesterton calls it "probably the best detective tale in the world."
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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, Franklin Mystery Library, 1988 HC Leatherette, Nearly New