|Newby, Richard L. “Wilkie Collins's Man and
Wife: Kingsley's Athlete Scouted,” McNeese Review Vol. 26 (1979-80):
Newby discusses Wilkie Collins's castigation in his 1869-70 Man and Wife of Kingsley's vaunted athleticism. He provides numerous reasons for Collins's dislike of Kingsley, ranging from the latter's status as a most respectable Establishment figure to Kingsley's denigration of the importance of the intellect. Collins viewed this anti-intellectualism as being closely connected to Kingsley's athleticism especially as advocated in the three novels Hereward the Wake, Two Years Ago, and Westward Ho!. Man and Wife's propagandizing against athleticism is Collins's retaliation.