For other people named Mary Ward, see Mary Ward (disambiguation).Mary Augusta WardBornMary Augusta Arnold
11 June 1851
Hobart, Tasmania, AustraliaDied24 March 1920 (aged 68)
London, EnglandPen nameMrs. Humphry WardNationalityBritishSpouseThomas Humphry WardChildrenArnold WardRelativesTom Arnold (father)Signature
Mary Augusta Ward née Arnold; (11 June 1851 – 24 March 1920), was a British novelist who wrote under her married name as Mrs Humphry Ward.Mary Augusta Arnold was born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, into a prominent intellectual family of writers and educationalists. Mary was the daughter of Tom Arnold, a professor of literature, and Julia Sorrell. Her uncle was the poetMatthew Arnold and her grandfather Thomas Arnold, the famous headmaster of Rugby School. Her sister Julia marriedLeonard Huxley, the son of Thomas Huxley, and their sons were Julian and Aldous Huxley. The Arnolds and the Huxleys were an important influence on British intellectual life.