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A Rogue's Life [Paperback]

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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.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   136
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.28"
Weight:   0.44 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 11, 2007
Publisher   Tutis Digital Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN  8184561121  
ISBN13  9788184561128  

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More About Wilkie Collins

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities Emerita at Columbia University, has authored scholarly classics such as Writing A Woman's Life. As Amanda Cross she has written numerous bestselling Kate Fansler mysteries including Honest Doubt. She lives in New York City.

Wilkie Collins was born in 1824 and died in 1889.

Wilkie Collins has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Dover Giant Thrift Editions
  2. Dover Thrift Editions
  3. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
  4. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
  5. Penguin Classics
  6. Tantor Unabridged Classics

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A Rogue's Life Indeed!  Jul 20, 2008
A Rogue's Life

Frank has had many different positions, and has quite a sense of humor about him. He has gone to debtor's prison and survived it all. Upon soliciting people for a ball, he comes upon a young lady that he has seen previously and her father. The father is mysterious, no one knowing what is in the upper rooms of his other home. Frank, our rogue, decides to take up the father on a visit and becomes friendly with father and daughter. Frank decides to propose to the daughter, only she cries and doesn't accept, saying nothing instead. Frank decides to break into the upper rooms, to find out why. What happens from there, you will have to read the book and find out! You won't be sorry I promise. Lots of travel, hiding and a bit of love, sure to please every reader.

This book held me captive for today. I devoured it all and wished it didn't have to end. Mr. Collins writes with such ease that you can't help yourself. I look forward to reading The Woman in White --
Delightful and Amusing!  Aug 4, 2007
Prior to reading this, A Rogue's Life, I had only read the most obvious and popular works by Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White and The Moonstone. Of course, I loved those books - so when I saw A Rogue's Life at my local bookstore, I picked it up. I was attracted by the description on the inside cover of the narrator, who has failed at a variety of pursuits and become 'disenchanted with life.' Perhaps I, at times, think of myself as a bit of a rogue, so upon reading the description I immediately purchased the book.

This book is delightful. Wilkie Collins is all about sensation and entertainment - and his is a great writer to boot! However, the book description got it wrong. The narrator is never 'disenchanted with life.' Despite his many setbacks, he always approaches life with optimism. In fact, in the foreword, Collins mentions the tone of 'boisterious gaiety' that pervades the work, attributing it to the grand life he was leading at the time in Paris. As a result, this short novel is filled with humor and adventure, and surfs along on a tide of good cheer. Add in the fact that it was serialized, and you get those wonderful cliffhanger chapter endings that just keep you reading!
Ahead of it's time.  Jul 16, 2007
Since it was written in 1856 it's far ahead of it's time. It's a simple, humurous, tale of the misadventures of one man. He carries on like he could be a distant relative of Don Quixote. It keeps you entertained and if nothing else, when all is said and done, will bring a smile to your face.
An entertaining story of personal transformation  Mar 6, 2007
Frank Softly is introduced to a range of professions by a father hoping he'll make a fortune - but Frank finds work a challenge and by age 25 he has many failed careers to his name. He's lost and wandering - until he meets one Alicia and her rich father. An entertaining story of personal transformation emerges in a pick especially recommended for college-level literary holdings already containing his better-known novels, who want to add depth to their treatment of Wilkie Collins.
Wilkie Collins scores with Softly tale  Jul 6, 2004
I just laughed and rejoiced in this short tale of intrigue of the protagonist Frank Softly. And what a rogue he is, indeed, and ever more likely to gain a place in a confidence game of the worst sort, confeiting, no less. What fun to venture across England and into Wales and Scotland with this upper middle class scoundrel and hear his adventures "in his own words". Sort of made me think of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones character, and some the the delicious characters of Dickens' own creations as well. I am currently immersed in catching up on my Wilkie Collins' reads and highly recommend that other readers do the same.

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