Perhaps the most widely read of living British women novelists, Mrs. Humphry Ward has nearly a score of novels and plays to her credit, -besides innumerable articles in the principal reviews. A niece of Mattew Arnold, and granddaughter of Dr. Arnold, of Rugby fame, Mrs.

Mrs. Humphry Ward

Mrs. Humphry Ward

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Ward spent her early life in a literary atmos phere. She was born at Hobart, Tasmania in 1851, and was nearly thirty before her; book, " Milly and Olly," was published. It was not, however, until 1888 that she came into her own with " Robert Elsmere," which captivated the late Mr. Gladstone, and caused him to write a special review for the " Nineteenth Century." Mrs. Ward was married when she was twenty-one to Mr. T. Humphry Ward, the distinguished journalist, editor and author, and they have one son, Mr. Arnold Ward, M.p. for West Hertfordshire, Mrs. Ward's country residence being at Tring, in that county. The famous novelist,by the way, has another side to her character, for most of her leisure time and much of her money has been devoted to philanthropic work.