Saturday, February 10, 2018
Ellen Price Wood
Ellen Wood, English author, died on this date of complications from bronchitis at the age of 73. Mostly forgotten now it seems, she was a popular novelist in her day. She wrote from 1851 to 1899 and supported her family after her husband's business failure. More biographical information is available at VictorianWeb, MrsHenryWood.co.uk, and the University of Adelaide.
Her novel East Lynne (1861) is her best-known work. It can be read online here and listened to here at Librivox. It was adapted for film in 1931 directed by Frank Lloyd. That film received a nomination for the Best Picture Oscar but lost to Cimarron. Another adaptation in 1982 starring Martin Shaw can be viewed via Youtube:
The Channings was published in 1862 and can be read online here. It was adapted for film in 1920. You can read more of her work here.
As I come across authors like this, popular and well-known in their day but whose names are not generally recognized today, I wonder which of our current crop of best-selling authors will still be read 100 years from now.