The Collector was Fowles' first published novel. The title character is Frederick, a butterfly collector], who decides to "collect" the long-admired-from-a-distance object of his fantasy, an art student named Miranda. Frederick keeps Miranda prisoner in a room in his secluded basement. All he wants is for Miranda to love him and, other than keeping her prisoner, he treats her like a queen, fulfilling her every need or want. This is where The Collector succeeds best, in making Frederick not a monster, but a pitiful, lonely man in need of love and willing to give Miranda everything except her freedom.