A WILKIE COLLINS CHRONOLOGY

From Wilkie Collins - An Illustrated Guide by Andrew Gasson  

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DATE

 

EVENT

PUBLICATION

1822

18 September 

William Collins marries Harriet Geddes 

 

1824

8 January

Wilkie Collins born at 11 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone

 

1826

 

Family moves to Hampstead Green

 

1828

25 January

Brother, Charles Allston Collins born

 

1829

Summer

Family visits Boulogne

 

1829

September

Family moves to Hampstead Square

 

 

 

 

 

1830

 

Family moves to Porchester Terrace, Bayswater

 

1835

January

Attends school at the Maida Hill Academy

 

1836

September

Family visits France and Italy till August 1838

 

1838

August

Moves to 20 Avenue Road;attends Cole's school in Highbury

 

 

 

 

 

1840

Summer

Family moves to 85 Oxford Terrace, Bayswater

 

1841

January

Apprenticed to Antrobus & Co, tea merchants

 

1842

June-July

Visits Scotland with his father, William Collins

 

1843

August

First signed publication

'The Last Stage Coachman', in The Illuminated Magazine

1844

 

Writes Iolani

 

1844

 

Visits France with Charles Ward

 

1845

 

Iolani rejected; visits Paris on his own

 

1846

 

Visits Belgium with Charles Ward

 

1846

May

Enters Linclon's Inn to study law

 

1847

17 February

Death of William Collins

 

1847

 

Visits Normandy with Charles Ward

 

1848

Summer

Family moves to Blandford Square

 

1848

November

First book published

Memoirs of the Life of William Collins, R.A.

1849

Summer

Exhibits Smuggler's Retreat at the R. A. Summer Exhibition

 

1849

 

Visits France with Charles Ward

 

 

 

 

 

1850

26 February

A Court Duel! at the Soho Theatre

 

1850

27 February

First Novel

Antonina

1850

Summer

Moves with his mother to 17 Hanover Terrace

 

1850

July-August

Walking tour of Cornwall with Henry Brandling

 

1851

30 January

 

Rambles Beyond Railways

1851

March

Meets Dickens

First contribution to Bentley's Miscellany, 'The Twin Sisters'

1851

16 May

Acts with Dickens in Not So Bad as We Seem

 

1851

27 September

 

First contribution to The Leader

1851

21 November

Called to the Bar

 

1851

17 December

 

Mr Wray's Cash-Box

1852

24 April

First contribution to Household Words

'A Terribly Strange Bed'

1852

16 November

 

Basil

1853

June

Early attack of illness

 

1853

July-September

Stays with Dickens in Boulogne

 

1853

October-December

Tours Switzerland and Italy with Dickens and Augustus Egg

 

1854

 

Joins the Garrick Club

 

1854

6 June

 

Hide and Seek

1854

July-August

Stays with Dickens in Boulogne

 

1854

December

First contribution to a Christmas Number

'A Stolen Letter' in Household Words

1855

February

Illness during trip to Paris with Dickens

 

1855

16 June

The Lighthouse performed at Tavistock House

 

1855

September

Sails with Pigott to the Scilly Isles

 

1855

November

Critical review of Collins by Emile Forgues

 

1855

22 December

First non-fiction piece for Household Words

'The Cruise of the Tomtit'

1856

 

Moves to 2 Harley Place

 

1856

February

First collection of stories

After Dark

1856

1-29 March

 

A Rogue's Life serialized in Household Words

1856

June

Approached by Tauchnitz to publish After Dark

 

1856

October

Joins permanent staff of Household Words

 

1857

3 January

 

The Dead Secret begins serialization in Household Words

1857

24 January

 

First serialization in Harper's Weekly, The Dead Secret

1857

6 January

The Frozen Deep performed at Tavistock House

 

1857

June

Critical review of Collins by Yates in The Train

The Dead Secret (book) published

1857

10 August

The Lighthouse opens at the Olympic Theatre

 

1857

21 August

The Frozen Deep performed in Manchester

 

1857

7 September

Leaves with Dickens for walking tour in Cumberland

 

 

 

 

 

1857

3-31 October

 

The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices

1857

December

Collaboration with Dickens

The Perils of Certain English Prisoners

1858

 

First French translation

The Dead Secret

1858

July-August

First visit to Broadstairs, Kent

 

1858

September

Resigns from the Garrick Club

 

1858

11 October

The Red Vial opens at The Olympic

 

1859

January

Living with Caroline Graves, in Albany Street

 

1859

Spring

Move to 2A New Cavendish Street

 

1859

October

 

The Queen of Hearts

1859

26 November

 

The Woman in White begins in All the Year Round

1859

December

Move to 12 Harley Street

 

 

 

 

 

1860

January

Negotiates with Sampson Low for future publication

 

1860

17 July

Charles Collins marries Kate Dickens

 

1860

August

 

The Woman in White (book) published

1860

22 August

Opens bank account at Coutts

 

1861

16 April

Elected to The Athenaeum

 

1862

January

Resigns from All the Year Round

 

1862

August

Visits Whitby with Caroline Graves

 

1862

15 March

 

No Name begins in All the Year Round

1862

July-October

Rents the Fort House in Broadstairs

 

1862

December

 

No Name (book)

1863

April

Visits Aix-la-Chapelle

 

1863

August

Visits the Isle of Man with Caroline and her daughter

 

1863

November

 

My Miscellanies

1863

December

Visits Italy for three months with Caroline

 

1864

Summer

Meets Martha Rudd in Great Yarmouth

 

1864

November

 

Armadale begins in the Cornhill

1864

December

Moves to 9 Melcombe Place

 

1864

December

Armadale saves Harper's Monthly from closure

 

1865

 

Smith, Elder acquire Collins's copyrights

 

1865

March

Resigns a second time from the Garrick

 

1865

12 April

Takes the chair at the Royal General Theatrical Fund

 

1866

 

Visits Paris with Frederick Lehmann

 

1866

May-June

 

Armadale (book)

1866

October

Visits Italy with Edward Pigott

 

1866

27 October

The Frozen Deep at The Olympic

 

1867

September

Moves to 90 Gloucester Place

 

1867

9 November

Visits Liverpool to see Dickens off to America

 

1867

December

Collaborates again with Dickens

No Thoroughfare in All the Year Round

1867

26 December

No Thoroughfare at the Adelphi

 

1868

4 January-8 August

 

The Moonstone serialized in All the Year Round

1868

 

Martha Rudd (as Mrs Dawson) installed at 33 Bolsover Street

 

1868

19 March

Death of Harriet Collins, his mother

 

1868

July

 

The Moonstone (book)

1868

29 October

Witnesses Caroline Graves marry Joseph Clow

 

1869

29 March

Black and White opens at the Adelphi

 

1869

4 July

Elder daughter, Marian Dawson, born

 

1869

20 November

 

Man and Wife begins in Cassell's Magazine

 

 

 

 

1870

9 June

Death of Dickens

 

1870

June

 

Man and Wife (book)

1871

14 May

Younger daughter, Harriet Dawson, born

 

1871

9 October

The Woman in White opens at The Olympic

 

1871

October

 

Poor Miss Finch begins in Cassell's Magazine

1871

25 December

 

Miss or Mrs? in The Graphic

 

 

 

 

1872

26 January

 

Poor Miss Finch (book)

1872

October

 

The New Magdalen begins in Temple Bar

1872

3 February

'The Novelist Who Invented Sensation' in Vanity Fair

 

1873

January

 

Miss or Mrs? and Other Stories

1873

22 February

Man and Wife opens at The Prince of Wales

 

1873

9 April

Charles Collins dies

 

1873

17 May

 

The New Magdalen (book)

1873

19 May

The New Magdalen opens at the Olympic

 

1873

25 September

Arrives in New York for American reading tour

 

1873

10 November

Attends first night of The New Magdalen in New York

 

1874

7 March

Leaves Boston for England

 

1874

 

Moves Martha Rudd to Taunton Place

 

1874

26 September

 

The Law and the Lady begins in The Graphic

1874

2 November

 

The Frozen Deep

1874

25 December

Son, William Charles Collins Dawson, born

 

1875

 

Chatto & Windus become Collins's main English publishers

 

1875

February

 

The Law and the Lady (book)

1875

 

Visits Italy with Frith

 

1876

Jan-Sep

 

The Two Destinies in Temple Bar

1876

15 April

Miss Gwilt opens at the Globe

 

1876

August

 

The Two Destinies (book)

1877

2 July

 

'Mr Percy and the Prophet' in All the Year Round

1877

29 August

The Dead Secret at the Lyceum Theatre

 

1877

 

Replaces Tindell with Henry Bartley as solicitor

 

1877

17 September

The Moonstone opens at the Olympic

 

1877

December

 

'My Lady's Money' in The Illustrated London News

1878

 

Disagreement with Harpers

 

1878

June-November

 

The Haunted Hotel in Belgravia Magazine

1878

November

 

The Haunted Hotel (book)

1879

1 January

 

The Fallen Leaves begins in The World

1879

7 April

 

A Rogue's Life (book)

1879

July

 

The Fallen Leaves (book)

1879

September

Begins dealings with Tillotson

Jezebel's Daughter begins syndication by Tillotson

 

 

 

 

1880

March

 

Jezebel's Daughter (book)

1880

2 October

 

The Black Robe begins syndication

1881

April

 

The Black Robe (Book)

1881

December

Approaches A. P. Watt to become his literary agent

 

1882

August

 

Heart and Science begins in Belgravia

1883

April

 

Heart and Science (book)

1883

9 June

Rank and Riches at the Adelphi

 

1883

December

Resumes relations with Harpers

'I Say No' begins in Harper's Weekly

1884

 

Founder member of The Society of Authors

 

1884

Jan-Dec

 

'I Say No' serialised in London Society

1884

October

 

'I Say No' (book)

1885

June

Begins correspondence with Nannie Wynne

 

1885

28 August

Tommie, his dog, dies

 

1885

30 October

Copyright performance of The Evil Genius

 

1885

December

 

The Evil Genius begins syndication

1886

September

 

The Evil Genius (book)

1886

15 November

 

The Guilty River

1887

May

 

Little Novels

1888

February

Moves from Gloucester Place to 82 Wimpole Street

 

1888

February

 

The Legacy of Cain begins syndication with Tillotson

1888

November

 

The Legacy of Cain (book)

1889

30 June

Suffers a stroke

 

1889

23 September

Dies at 82 Wimpole Street

 

1889

27 September

Funeral at Kensal Green

 

1889

July-December

 

Blind Love in the Illustrated London News

1889

24 October

Auction sale of furniture and effects

 

1890

January

 

Blind Love (book)

1890

20 January

Auction sale of library

 

1890

22 February

Auction sale of pictures and drawings

 

 

 

 

The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices (book)

1895

June

Death of Caroline Graves; buried in the same grave

 

1919

 

Death of Martha Rudd

 

1999

 

 

Iolani finally published

 

 

 

 

 

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