Louisa Ouida (De La Rame), an English novelist, of French extraction on the father's side, born at Bury St. Edmund's about 1840. At an early age she went with her mother and maternal grandmother to reside in London, and soon began, under the pseudonyme of Ouida (a child's mispronunciation of Louisa), to write for periodicals, and while still under age commenced her first novel in "Colburn's New Monthly Magazine." This was "Granville de Vigne, a Tale of the Day," published separately two years later (1863), under the title of "Held in Bondage" It was followed by "Strathmore, a Romance" (1865); "Chan-dos" (1866); "Cecil Castlemaine's Gage, and other Novelettes," and "Idalia" (1867); "Tri-cotrin, a Story of a Waif and Stray," and "Under Two Flags" (1868); "Puck: his Vicissitudes, Adventures, etc." (1869); "Folle Farine" (1871); "A Dog of Flanders" and "A Leaf in the Storm" (1872); and " Pas-carel" (1873). The last is the best of her novels, and is free from the objectionable characteristics which mark the others, and have justly given them a bad reputation in spite of their brilliancy of style.