Mrs Humphry Ward (Mary Augusta Ward) (1851-1920)

Death:  26th March 1920
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. 
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. 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.