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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.

Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler
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Born9 April 1860 Edit this on Wikidata
Chapel Ash Edit this on Wikidata
Died22 June 1929 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 69)
Bournemouth Edit this on Wikidata
Spouse(s)Alfred Laurence Felkin Edit this on Wikidata



The elder daughter of Henry Hartley Fowler, 1st Viscount Wolverhampton, Ellen was born at Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton, on 9 April 1860. Her younger sister, Edith Henrietta Fowler (16 February 1865 – 18 November 1944), was also a writer. On 16 April 1903, she married Alfred Felkin, a senior teacher at the Royal Naval School at Mottingham near Eltham.[1] She died on 22 June 1929 in Westbourne, Dorset, near Bournemouth.[2]

Verse and romancesEdit

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.[2] 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."[3] 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),[3] Miss Fallowfield's Fortune (1908), The Wisdom of Folly (1910), Her Ladyship's Conscience (1913),[4] Ten Degrees Backward (1915), Beauty and Bands (1920) The Lower Pool (1923) and Signs and Wonders (1926).[5][2]

Edith Henrietta FowlerEdit

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,[6][7] claiming its "sophistication, humour and ironies" appeal to both children and adults.[8][2]


  1. ^ Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler profile,; accessed 5 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Literary Heritage West Midlands Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b Jarndyce Booksellers' catalogue Women Writers 1795–1927 Part I: A–F (London, Summer 2017).
  4. ^ "What conscience will do". The Independent. 6 July 1914. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  5. ^   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainReynolds, Francis J., ed. (1921). "Fowler, Ellen Thorneycroft" . Collier's New Encyclopedia. New York: P.F. Collier & Son Company.
  6. ^ Edith Henrietta Fowler (1865-1944) profile Archived 2012-02-04 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 5 April 2016.]
  7. ^ Edith Henrietta Fowler profile Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Aunt Eleanor put on a tea-gown, and threw herself down on the sofa. 'I feel so wretchedly ill!' she exclaimed petulantly, 'these hot days give me such a headache!' 'Do you fink you'll get better or die?' asked Babs with interest. 'She is the most unfeeling child I ever saw!' thought her aunt – but aloud she said snappishly: 'Of course I shall get better!' 'I'm so glad!'" The Young Pretenders Retrieved 8 October 2018.

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