As I’ve gotten older, I really have come to respect Virgil. I think Dickens is basically in the Virgil category for me– I respect both, and basically like them, but they’re also a bit stuffy for me, too respectable perhaps.
But Wilkie Collins, I’m finding, I really do love. He’s pulpy, in a way, and sort of predictable. But also pretty great, too, because it’s pulpy and predictable in a well-done way. He’s not too far off from Lovecraft and especially Robert E. Howard, is what I’m trying to say.