Ouida (Maria Louise Ramé) (1839-1908)

Death: 25th January 1908
Location: Cimitero degli Inglesi / English Cemetery, Bagni di Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
Cause of death: Pneumonia
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English novelist Maria Louise Ramé used the pseudonym Ouida which she derived from her own childish pronunciation of her given name "Louise". 
During her career, Ouida wrote more than 40 novels, children's books and collections of short stories and essays; her first novel Held in Bondage was published in 1863, when she was 24. 
Her early novels were considered to be racy and swashbuckling, her later her work is more typical of historical romance. The American author Jack London cited her novel Signa, which he read at age eight, as one of the reasons for his literary success. 
In 1867 she moved into the Langham Hotel, London, where she held soirees with politicians, artists and writers; such as Oscar Wilde, Algernon Swinburne, Robert Browning and Wilkie Collins.