Standard Name: Ouida
Birth Name: Marie Louise Ramé
Self-constructed Name: Louise de la Ramée
Pseudonym: Ouida
During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Ouida published 44 volumes of fiction, primarily novels, but also novellas and short stories for both children and adults. Often publishing more than one book a year, she was also a prolific essayist who wrote on matters of politics and literature. Her first, three-decker novels, from the 1860s, often centred on the adventures of military men and were characterized as sensation novels. After she moved to Italy in the early 1870s, she wrote a number of novels concerned with the conditions of the government and population (especially the poor) of that country.


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Characters Naomi Royde-Smith
The heroine (played by Thea Holme ) is an inexperienced, romantic, good-natured shop-girl living in the London suburbs, engaged to a good but prosaic man and suffering the harrassment and anxiety of poverty: she has...
Education Dorothy Whipple
As a small child DW loved the Bible. She had a child's bible with illustrations, and was fascinated by stories of Christ's miracles (though a blind man took it badly when she proposed spitting...
Education Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Perhaps most important for Ella, however, was her mother 's influence and guidance, and the reading of every magazine she could lay her hands on, together with works by Ouida , Mary J. Holmes ...
Education Elaine Feinstein
Her MA followed automatically three years after her Cambridge BA. She achieved her Part I bar finals in London, but dropped the idea of practising law when she understood how much money she would...
Education John Strange Winter
After this she completed her education at home. Although even in this context she says, I was not well educated, for I never would learn,
Bainton, George, editor. The Art of Authorship. J. Clarke.
she also described herself as having always been from...
Education Stella Gibbons
SG learned to read fairly late, but then read voraciously. The glowing Eastern landscapes and brilliant figures
Oliver, Reggie. Out of the Woodshed: A Portrait of Stella Gibbons. Bloomsbury.
of Disraeli 's Alroy and Thomas Moore 's Lalla Rookh made a particular impression. She also developed...
Family and Intimate relationships Ella Hepworth Dixon
EHD 's father, a Yorkshireman named William Hepworth Dixon , was the editor of the Athenæum from 1853 to 1869 and wrote several novels. He was lionized by London society after the publication of...
Friends, Associates Algernon Charles Swinburne
He had ties to writers Anne Ogle , Mary Louisa Molesworth , Ouida , and Mathilde Blind . His movement through England's literary circles also brought him into the company of Thomas Carlyle , James Anthony Froude
Friends, Associates Jane Francesca, Lady Wilde
In London JFLW associated with writers such as Marie Corelli , Ouida , and Violet Hunt . Oscar , an emerging celebrity, introduced his mother to the city's artistic circle.
Intertextuality and Influence Berta Ruck
BR relates with gusto a story about the composition of a novel with a particularly implausible romance story-line. Wishing she could defy verisimilitude as confidently as Ouida (who could get away with murder and murdered...
Intertextuality and Influence John Oliver Hobbes
Pearl Richards (later JOH ) read widely as a child and adolescent, and her parents' liberal views (and considerable fortune) meant that she could pursue her tastes in both the lending libraries and the less...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Taylor
Paul Bailey opens his introduction by quoting extensively from a scene in Ethel M. Dell 's The Top of the World which features a Proud Beauty and a Faithful Retainer. He also links Angel with...
Intertextuality and Influence John Strange Winter
While in reminiscence JSW was uncertain as to the title of this early composition, she acknowledged the influence on it of Ouida and Whyte Melville . She sent the story to the journal Wedding Bells...
Intertextuality and Influence Stella Gibbons
SG published Ticky, a fantasy novel inspired by Ouida .
Oliver, Reggie. Out of the Woodshed: A Portrait of Stella Gibbons. Bloomsbury.
OCLC WorldCat. http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/content/worldcat/. Accessed 1999.
Intertextuality and Influence Dorothy Richardson
In this book Richardson's heroine Miriam, now eighteen years old, has returned from Germany and is a resident teacher at Wordsworth House, a school in fictional Banbury Park, North London, run by the Perne...


4 November 1836: Richard Bentley (1794-1871) signed an agreement...

Writing climate item

4 November 1836

Richard Bentley (1794-1871) signed an agreement with Dickens to edit his new monthly periodical, Bentley's Miscellany.

December 1868: With sales of the once-popular Bentley's...

Writing climate item

December 1868

With sales of the once-popular Bentley's Miscellany at an all-time low, the owner, Richard Bentley , ended its publication.

17 November 1958: The sale began at Sotheby's of the collection...

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17 November 1958

The sale began at Sotheby's of the collection of first editions built up by the bibliographer Michael Sadleir , who had recently died.


Ouida, and Enrico Mazzanti. A Dog of Flanders. Chapman and Hall, 1872.
Ouida,. A Dog of Flanders. L. C. Page.
Ouida,. A Village Commune. Chatto and Windus, 1881.
Ouida,. A Village Commune. Chatto and Windus, 1882.
Ouida,. Bimbi. Chatto and Windus, 1882.
Ouida,. Bimbi. J. B. Lippincott, 1907.
Ouida,. Cecil Castlemaine’s Gage. Chapman and Hall, 1867.
Ouida,. Cecil Castlemaine’s Gage. Books for Libraries Press, 1970.
Ouida,. Chandos. Chapman and Hall, 1866.
Ouida,. Critical Studies. T. Fisher Unwin, 1900.
Ouida,. Folle-Farine. Chapman and Hall, 1871.
Ouida,. Held in Bondage. Tinsley, 1863.
Ouida,. Helianthus. Macmillan, 1908.
Ouida,. Idalia. Chapman and Hall, 1867.
Ouida,. Moths. Chatto and Windus, 1880.
Ouida,. Moths. Chatto and Windus, 1895.
Ouida,. Pascarèl. Chapman and Hall, 1873.
Ouida,. Strathmore. Chapman and Hall, 1865.
Ouida,. The Massarenes. Sampson Low, 1897.
Ouida,. The New Priesthood. E. W. Allen, 1893.
Ouida,. Two Little Wooden Shoes. Chapman and Hall, 1874.
Ouida,. Under Two Flags. Chapman and Hall, 1867.
Ouida, and Olivia Manning. Under Two Flags. Anthony Blond, 1967.
Ouida,. Views and Opinions. Methuen, 1895.