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Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler (9 April 1860 – 22 June 1929) was an English author of popular romances, and a poet and children's writer. She was also a keen Methodist. In her books The Farringdons (1900) and The Story of Mary MacLane (1902) there are women who love women.
The elder daughter of Henry Hartley Fowler, 1st Viscount Wolverhampton, Ellen was born at 7 Summerfield Road, Chapel Ash, on 9 April 1860. Her younger sister, Edith Henrietta Fowler (16 February 1865 – 18 November 1944), was also a writer. Ellen was educated first at home with her sister Edith and then at a private school in London. She began writing at the age of seven.
On 16 April 1903, she married Alfred Felkin, a senior teacher at the Royal Naval School at Mottingham near Eltham. The couple moved to Wayside, Eltham following the wedding, where they continued to live until 1916 when they moved to Bournemouth. From the time of her marriage until the time of her death Ellen continued to publish her books and poems, the last being Signs and Wonders (1926)
Fowler's earliest published volumes were Verses Grave and Gay (1891) and Verses Wise and Otherwise (1895), which were followed by a volume of short stories. A further book of poetry was Love's Argument and Other Poems (1905). Of her romances, a present-day commentator has remarked, "Fowler unusually combined Methodism with high society..., which proved popular despite leaving the critics cold." Fame came first with Concerning Isabel Carnaby (1898). This was followed by A Double Thread (1899), The Farringdons (1900), Fuel of Fire (1902), Place and Power (1903), Kate of Kate Hall (1904), In Subjection (1906), Miss Fallowfield's Fortune (1908), The Wisdom of Folly (1910), Her Ladyship's Conscience (1913), Ten Degrees Backward (1915), Beauty and Bands (1920) The Lower Pool (1923) and Signs and Wonders (1926).
Fowler's sister, Edith Henrietta Fowler, wrote two successful novels for children: The Young Pretenders (1895) and The Professor's Children (1897), and also The Man with Transparent Legs – Twenty six ideal stories for girls (1899).
The first of these was republished in London by Persephone Books in 2007, claiming its "sophistication, humour and ironies" appeal to both children and adults.
Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler died on 22nd June 1929. She is buried with her husband at All Saints, Branksome Park, Poole in Dorset.
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