by Joyelle McSweeney on Dec.15, 2011
Marie Corelli (1855-1924) was a writer of extremely popular romances with such names as “Vendetta!” “Innocent, Her Fancy and his Fact”, “The Sorrows of Satan” and “Wormwood: A Drama of Paris”.
Ouida (1839-1908) was another lady romance novellist, and her author photo, is, perhaps, of an even greater level of awesomeness. Here’s a choice passage from Wikipedia about her appearance and workhabits:
Of short stature “sinister, clever face” and with a “voice like a carving knife” (William Allingham‘s diary 1872), she moved into the Langham Hotel, London in 1867, where she wrote in bed, by candlelight, with the curtains drawn and surrounded by purple flowers. She ran up huge hotel and florists bills, and commanded soirees that included soldiers, politicians, literary lights (including Oscar Wilde, Algernon Swinburne, Robert Browning and Wilkie Collins), and artists (including John Millais). Many of her stories and characters were based upon people she invited to these salons at The Langham.