William Wilkie Collins (1824 – 1889) was an English writer best known for his novels ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite'' and ''Literature/TheMoonstone'' (arguably the first detective novel in English literature).
He was a close friend of Creator/CharlesDickens, and several of his novels were originally serialised in Dickens' magazine ''All the Year Round''.
!!Works by Wilkie Collins with their own trope pages include:
!!Other works by Wilkie Collins provide examples of:
* AndSomeOtherStuff: The chemicals used to make the poisonous gas in ''Armadale''.
* BastardAngst: The titular "dead secret" in ''The Dead Secret'' is that protagonist Rosamund is actually an illegitimate child passed off as an heiress. This causes much internal and external conflict, as her husband refuses to accept her inheritance.
* CutShort: ''The Fallen Leaves'' was intended to be the first part of a larger series. Thanks to poor sales, the series went no further.
* DescendingCeiling: In "A Terribly Strange Bed", some innkeepers murder (in order to rob) their guests by giving them a canopied bed where the canopy can be silently lowered to smother the sleeper.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A sailor describes the heroine of ''No Name'' as having "a clean run [[BuxomIsBetter fore]] and [[MaleGaze and aft]]".
* InTheBlood: ''Armadale'' revolves around this trope; a young man who has (for unrelated reasons) adopted a pseudonym meets another young man who shares his birth name of Allan Armadale. They become fast friends, until the first young man discovers that his father had murdered the father of the other Allan Armadale. He spends much of the rest of the novel haunted by his father's conviction that the sons are destined to repeat the fathers' fatal feud.
* InnOfNoReturn: In ''A Terribly Strange Bed''.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: In ''The Fallen Leaves'' one character takes care to make their suicide look like an accidental overdose.
* MurphysBed: In ''A Terribly Strange Bed''.
* OneSteveLimit: The aversion is a big plot point in ''Armadale'', which features five different characters named Allan Armadale: the "original" Allan Armadale, uncle of the one, father of the other Allan Armadale of the older generation of Armadales, who disowned the son to make the nephew his heir, starting the feud.
* TheOphelia: Simple Sally in ''The Fallen Leaves'', though her mental health improves once she's rescued from her life as a prostitute.
* SpiritedYoungLady: Valeria Brinton of ''The Law and the Lady'' is ladylike, graceful, and devoted to her husband. She also becomes one of the first amateur female detectives in the nineteenth-century novel.
* SuddenNameChange: In the Project Gutenberg text of ''The Haunted Hotel'', Lord Montbarry's eldest daughter's name changes from Lucy to Marian between chapters. The same slip is present in the French edition.
* WriterOnBoard: A complaint about his later books. As Swinburne put it:
-->What brought good Wilkie’s genius nigh perdition? \\
Some demon whispered –“Wilkie, have a mission!”
* XanatosSpeedChess: Collins seems to have been fond of this trope; Lydia Gwilt in ''Armadale'' and Captain Wragge in ''No Name'' are both excellent Xanatos Speed Chess players.