17 January 1814
Ellen Price (later EW) was born at Worcester
, the eldest in her family, born (as recent research has revealed) only two months after her parents' wedding.
30 September 1861
EW's sensation novel East Lynne
was made available in volume form from lending libraries; immensely popular, it went through four editions in six months.
Late 1861 to 1881
Over this period EW's East Lynne
sold 130,000 copies, was translated into a variety of languages, including Welsh, Parsee and Hindi, and was adapted for the stage many times.
25 January 1862
A largely positive review of EW's East Lynne
appeared in the Times
(which rarely reviewed novels).
16 November 1864
The first of many stage adaptations of Ellen Wood's sensation novel East Lynne
, J. W. Archer's Marriage Bells; or the Cottage on the Cliff
, opened at the Effingham Theatre.
10 February 1887
EW died of heart failure, caused in part by her spine pressing against her vital organs and exacerbated by a bronchial cold caught the previous Christmas.