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Walter BesantThe Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform$
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Kevin A. Morrison

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620351

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.001.0001

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‘I have altered nothing’

‘I have altered nothing’

Walter Besant’s Completion of Wilkie Collins’s Blind Love

(p.55) Chapter Three ‘I have altered nothing’
Walter Besant

Maria K. Bachman

Don Richard Cox

Liverpool University Press

After Walter Besant completed Wilkie Collins’s unfinished novel, Blind Love (with Collins’s authorization and elaborately detailed instructions), Besant emphatically declared that he had “altered nothing” in the final version. A comparison of the published novel with Collins’s notebook, however, reveals that Besant’s declaration was somewhat disingenuous. In addition to making several significant alternations to Collins’s original plot, the more conservative Besant incorporated both anti-Irish and anti-feminist themes, thus undercutting the more socially progressive narrative originally intended by the deceased author.

Keywords:   Walter Besant, Wilkie Collins, Society of Authors, Blind Love, Amanuensis, A P Watt, The Illustrated London News, New Woman, Insurance fraud

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