William Collins

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Philip Arthur William Collins (1923—2007) literary scholar

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William Collins (1721—1759) poet

William Collins (1788—1847) landscape and genre painter

William Collins (1721—1793) sculptor

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William Edward Collins (1867—1911) bishop of Gibraltar

William Lucas Collins (1815—1887) Church of England clergyman and author


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In J. Austen's Pride and Prejudice, a pompous and self‐satisfied young clergyman. The fulsome letter of thanks that he addressed to Mr Bennet (ch. xxiii, though the text is not given) after his stay with the family has led to his name being colloquially associated with such ‘bread‐and‐butter’ letters.

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