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Mrs. Henry Wood

a.k.a. Ellen (nee) Price Wood

Author Code: EEPW

Born: Jan. 17, 1814 - Worcester, England

Died: Feb. 10, 1887 - London, England

Ellen suffered from many ailments as a child, including a severe curvature of the spine which affected her throughout her life and limited her growth. She spent much of her childhood reading and writing. When she was 22, she married Henry Wood, a banker and shipping magnate, and for the next twenty years they resided in France. She began contributing stories to Harrison Ainsworth's New Monthly Magazine and, in 1855, when Ainsworth became the editor of Bentley's Miscellany, Wood contributed stories to that periodical as well. Her husband's business collapse in 1856 led Mrs. Wood to write full-time in order to bring in some much needed capital. The couple and their children returned to England and took up residence in London. In 1860, she wrote her first novel, Danesbury House, which won a £100 prize and established her on the literary landscape. She then convinced Ainsworth to serialize her next, and probably best, novel, East Lynne, in the New Monthly Magazine, the final instalment appearing in September 1861. After that, she became extremely busy. Her husband died in 1866 and, the following year, she purchased Argosy magazine and began using it to serialize her own work. In 1873, she spent some time in Kent due to exhaustion and while there contracted life-threatening diptheria. She recovered, but her productivity fell and she was never again as energetic as she had once been. She was extremely successful both in terms of finance and personal popularity and was one of the most read authors of the second half of the 19th century. She died following a bout of bronchitis. Her work includes A Life's Secret (1862), The Channings (1862), Oswald Cray (1864), The Ghost of the Hallows Field (1867), Dene Hollow (1871), Within the Maze (1872), Johnny Ludlow (1874), A Tale of Sin and Other Tales (1881), Lady Grace and Other Stories (1887) and the posthumously published The House of Halliwell (1890) and Ashley and Other Stories (1897).

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