Wilkie Collins was born in London in 1824. From the early 1850s he was a friend of Charles Dickens' and contributed to Household Works. Collins began by writing plays, but is most remembered for his novels, including The Moonstone (1868) and The Woman in White (1860). He died in 1889. John Sutherland is Professor of English at University College, London. He has edited many books for Penguin Classics, including Anthony Trollope.