Posted on Tuesday 25th June 2013
Caroline Radcliffe from the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, in conjunction with The Wilkie Collins Society, has just published Wilkie Collins's first drama, 'The Lighthouse'.
Ever wary of literary piracy, Collins only ever published the text in France; this is the first, printed edition of 'The Lighthouse' in English. The volume transcribes the version licensed for the Olympic Theatre in 1857 which includes the ‘Prologue’ and the ‘Song of the Wreck’ contributed by Dickens.
Designed for a general readership, the volume contains a Foreword by noted crime writer P. D. James, an introduction providing a detailed account of the play’s history by Caroline Radcliffe and Andrew Gasson, contemporary reviews and numerous, newly-discovered illustrations. The volume will be of interest to both Dickens and Collins scholars.