Mot only has Mrs. Clifford earned for herself a place in the front rank of leading women novelists, but she has also done some valuable work for the stage. A number of her plays have been produced in London and the provinces, and a one-act play of hers - "A Supreme Moment" - earned much popularity at the London Coliseum, and also in America. A more ambitious effort was " The Likeness of the Night," Mrs. Clifford's first play, which Mr. and Mrs. Kendal staged at the St. James's, in which Lady Tree played with Mrs. Kendal. Mrs. Clifford published her first novel, "Mrs. Keith's Crime," in 1885, although three years previously she had published a volume of short stories. She was married in 1875 to the late W. K. Clifford, F.r.s., and has two daughters, one of whom, Ethel Clifford - Mrs. Fisher Wentworth Dilke - has earned considerable fame as a poet, her "Songs of Dreams" and "Love's Journey" being worthy of the term of true poetry. Mrs. Clifford finds recreation in travelling and - a taste shared by so many fine writers and thinkers - desultory reading. She is a member of the Writers' Club. It should be added that Mrs. Clifford possesses the rare gift of being able to write for children, as is proved by her charming story "The Getting Well of Dorothy."
Mrs. W. K. Clifford Elliott & Fry