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A Rogue's Life
A Rogue's Life

A Rogue's Life

Hesperus Classics

FICTION

200 Pages, 4.8 x 7.6

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $17.95)

Publication Date: April 2006

ISBN 9781843911326

Rights: US, CA, AU & NZ

Hesperus Press (Apr 2006)

Price: $15.95
 
 

Overview

A delightful tale of thwarted ambition and forbidden love, A Rogue’s Life follows the fortunes of an endearing young man. Proffering his own take on picaresque storytelling—and with many a grain of truth for twenty-somethings today—this is Wilkie Collins at his entertaining best. Propelled into society by his ever-hopeful father, Frank Softly is introduced to a variety of professions in order to make his fortune. Not industrious by nature, however, Frank finds working life a challenge, and by his 25th birthday, he has failed medicine, portrait-painting, caricaturing, and even forgery. Disenchanted with life, he despairs of ever finding something to commit to—until he meets Alicia Dulcifer and her inexplicably wealthy father. The author of The Woman in White and The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins is widely regarded as the originator of the detective novel.

Reviews

"A neglected gem: one of Collins's most enticing fictions, and one of Hesperus Press's happiest rediscoveries." —Kirkus Reviews