Location: John the Baptist Church, Aldbury, Hertfordshire, England
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British novelist, born in Hobart, Tasmania, she was the niece of the poet Matthew Arnold and her nephew was the author Aldous Huxley.
When Mary was five the family returned to England. In 1872 she married Thomas Humphry Ward and she began her writing career in 1881 when she published the children’s book Milly and Olly.
Her writing is religious in its tone as was common in the Victorian era and her work was popular in both the UK and the US. According to the New York Times, her book Lady Rose's Daughter was the bestselling novel in the United States in 1903, as was The Marriage of William Ashe in 1905. Her most popular novel by far was the religious "novel with a purpose" Robert Elsmere, which portrayed the religious crisis of a young pastor and his family.