Basil
Basil

Edition:
Year of publication: 2003
Keywords: England -- Fiction Fathers and sons -- Fiction Inheritance and succession -- Fiction Revenge -- Fiction Young men -- Psychology -- Fiction

Basil


Author:
Wilkie Collins

Genre:
Classical prose


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BASIL By Wilkie Collins  LETTER OF DEDICATION. TO CHARLES JAMES WARD, ESQ. IT has long been one of my pleasantest anticipations to look forward to the time when I might offer to you, my old and dear friend, some such acknowledgment of the value I place on your affection for me, and of my grateful sense of the many acts of kindness by which that affection has been proved, as I now gladly offer in this place. In dedicating the present work to you, I fulfil therefore a purpose which, for some time past, I have sincerely desired to achieve; and, more than that, I gain for myself the satisfaction of knowing that there is one page, at least, of my book, on which I shall always look with unalloyed pleasure—the page that bears your name. I have founded the main event out of which this story springs, on a fact within my own knowledge. In afterwards shaping the course of the narrative thus suggested, I have guided it, as often as I could, where I knew by my...