WILKIE COLLINS'S SHORT STORIES

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After Dark - Collected Short Stories. Queen of Hearts - Collected Short Stories. The Frozen Deep plus Short Stories Little Novels - Collection of Short Stories.

The majority of Collins's short stories were written at either the beginning or towards the end of his career.  The early tales were mainly published in Household Words and All the Year Round, subsequently collected in After Dark (1856), The Queen of Hearts (1859) and My Miscellanies (1863).  Most of Collins's output at the peak of his fame consisted of full-length novels but some short pieces were included in Miss or Mrs? and other Stories in Outline (1873).  Later stories were published in a wide range of English and American periodicals and fourteen were reissued with new titles in Little Novels (1887).  Collins's uncollected stories are now available in Wilkie Collins: The Complete Shorter Fiction, edited by Julian Thompson, 1995.  Several have been republished by the Wilkie Collins Society.  Others, such as 'The Devil's Spectacles', 'Love's Random Shot' and 'Fie! Fie! or, the Fair Physician', Collins stated should not be republished: "These stories have served their purpose in periodicals, but are not worthy of republication in book form.  They were written in a hurry, and the sooner they are drowned in the waters of oblivion the better.  I desire that they shall not be republished after my death."

 

First publication Original Title Later Titles First Appearance Republication
1843 Volpurno - or the Student   The Albion, or British Colonial, and Foreign Weekly Gazette Wilkie Collins Society
1843 The Last Stage Coachman   The Illuminated Magazine Wilkie Collins Society
1851 The Twin Sisters   Bentley's Miscellany  
1851 The New Dragon of Wantley   The Leader Wilkie Collins Society
1852 A Passage in the Life of Perugino Potts   Bentley's Miscellany  
1852 A Terribly Strange Bed The Traveller's Story of a Terribly Strange Bed Household Words After Dark
1852 Nine O'Clock!   Bentley's Miscellany  
1853 Gabriel's Marriage The Nun's Story of Gariel's Marriage Household Words After Dark
1854 A Stolen Letter The Fourth Poor Traveller; The Lawyer's Story of a Stolen Letter Household Words After Dark
1855 Mad Monkton The Monktons of Wincot Abbey; Brother Griffinth's Story of Mad Monkton Fraser's Magazine Queen of Hearts
1855 Sister Rose   Household Words After Dark
1855 The Dream Woman The Ostler; Brother Morgan's Story of the Dream Woman Household Words The Queen of Hearts
1855 The Yellow Mask   Household Words After Dark
1856 Anne Rodway The Diary of Anne Rodway; Brother Owen's Story of Anne Rodway Household Words The Queen of Hearts
1856 The Lady of Glenwith Grange     After Dark
1857 A Fair Penitent   Household Words  
1857 The Black Cottage The Siege of the Black Cottage; Brother Owen's Story of the Black Cottage Harper's Monthly Magazine The Queen of Hearts
1857 The Dead Hand The Double-Bedded Room Brother Morgan's Story of the Dead Hand Household Words The Queen of Hearts
1857 The Family Secret Uncle George, or the Family Mystery; Brother Griffith's Story of the Family Secret The National Magazine The Queen of Hearts
1858 A Plot in Private Life A Marriage Tragedy; Brother Griffith's Story of a Plot in Private Life Harper's Monthly Magazine The Queen of Hearts
1858 Fauntleroy A Paradoxical Experience; Brother Morgan's Story of Fauntleroy Household Words The Queen of Hearts
1858 The Biter Bit Who is the Thief?; Brother Griffith's Story of the Biter Bit The Atlantic Monthly The Queen of Hearts
1858 The Poisoned Meal A Case Worth Looking At Household Words My Miscellanies
1859 Blow Up With the Brig! The Ghost in the Cupboard Room All The Year Round Miss or Mrs? and Other Stories in Outline
1859 The Parson's Scruple A New Mind; Brother Owen's Story of the Parson's Scruple Household Words The Queen of Hearts
1861 Memoirs of an Adopted Son A Case Worth Looking At All The Year Round My Miscellanies
1861 The Cauldron of Oil A Case Worth Looking At All The Year Round My Miscellanies
1861 The Fatal Cradle Picking Up Waifs at Sea All The Year Round Miss or Mrs? and Other Stories in Outline
1871 Miss or Mrs?   The Graphic Miss or Mrs? and Other Stories in Outline
1874 A Mad Marriage A Fatal Fortune; A Sane Madman All The Year Round Miss or Mrs? and Other Stories in Outline
1874 John Jago's Ghost The Dead Alive The New Yok Fireside Companion; The Home Journal The Frozen Deep and Other Tales
1874 The Frozen Deep   Temple Bar The Frozen Deep and Other Tales
1875 Miss Jeromette and the Clergyman The Clergyman's Confession The Canadian Monthly Little Novels
1876 Mr Captain and the Nymph The Captain's Last Love The Spirit of the Times Little Novels
1877 Miss Bertha and the Yankee The Duel in Herne Wood The Spirit of the Times Little Novels
1877 Mr Percy and the Prophet Percy and the Prophet All The Year Round Little Novels
1878 Miss Mina and the Groom A Shocking Story Barnes' International Review; Belgravia Annual Little Novels
1878 Mr Marmaduke and the Minister The Mystery of Marmaduke The Spirit of the Times Little Novels
1879 Mrs Zant and the Ghost The Ghost's Touch Harper's Weekly Little Novels
1879 The Devil's Spectacles The Magic Spectacles The Spirit of the Times  
1881 Miss Morris and the Stranger How I Married Him The Spirit of the Times Little Novels
1881 Mr Cosway and the Landlady Your Money or Your Life The People's Library Little Novels
1881 Mr Policeman and the Cook Who Killed Zebedee? The Seaside Library Little Novels
1882 Fie! Fie! or, the Fair Physician   The Spirit of the Times; Pictorial World Christmas Supplement  
1883 Mr Lismore and the Widow She Loves and Lies The Spirit of the Times Little Novels
[1883] A Little Fable     Wilkie Collins Society
1884 Mr Lepel and the Housekeeper The Girl at the Gate The Spirit of the Times Little Novels
1884 Mr Medhurst and the Princess Royal Love Longman's Magazine Little Novels
1884 Love's Random Shot   The Seaside Library  
1885 The Poetry Did It   The Spirit of the Times  
1886 Victims of Circumstances: A Sad and Brave Life   Youth's Companion; The Boy's Own Paper Wilkie Collins Society
1886 Victims of Circumstances: Farmer Fairweather   Youth's Companion; The Boy's Own Paper Wilkie Collins Society
1886 Victims of Circumstances: The Hidden Cash   Youth's Companion Wilkie Collins Society
1886 Miss Dulane and My Lord An Old Maid's Husband The Spirit of the Times Little Novels
1887 The First Officer's Confession   The Spirit of the Times  

 

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