A sensation. There is no other word for the effect of Wilkie Collins most famous work, 'The Woman in White'. Released in parts in common with many novels of the time in Dickens' periodical 'All The Year Round', it had people literally demanding the next part after the cliffhangers at the end of each episode. The Woman in White was not critically acclaimed at the time, but Collins felt it was his best work and modern critics agree with him. 'The Woman in White' was published in 1860 and marked the start of a ten year period where Collins wrote his best work following up with Armadale in 1866 and The Moonstone in 1868. The Moonstone in particular is considered one of the first and finest detective stories written. Thereafter Collins became ever more interested in social commentary and his popularity never again reached the heights of 'The Woman In White'.