Journals Higher Education



Published: 18 October 1990

464 Pages | 8 pp. of plates

ISBN: 9780198185871

Bookseller Code (06)

Mrs. Humphry Ward

Eminent Victorian, Pre-eminent Edwardian

John Sutherland

A Clarendon Press Publication

"A prodigiously detailed biography...important...for the light it sheds on an era and on the influential Arnold family as a whole....Recommended"--Booklist.
Victorian novelist Mary Ward, best known to her contemporaries as Mrs. Humphry Ward, was one of the most successful and complex women of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Born into the powerful but patriarchal dynasty of Thomas Arnold of Rugby, she lived at the center of an intellectual and cultural circle peopled by such eminent figures as Mark Pattison, Thomas Huxley, and Charles Darwin. She was a remarkably successful novelist, as well as the first woman reporter to enter the trenches in 1916. In this extensively research biography, John Sutherland explores her private and public lives, offering a new understanding of her work.