The Baldwin Project: Louisa de la Ramée
Louisa de la Ramée
(1839 - 1908)
Charles Madison Curry and Erle Elsworth Clippinger in their
Children's Literature (1920, 1921) give the following information
about this author:
Louisa de la Ramée (1839-1908), an English novelist, is generally known
by her pseudonym "Ouida," which was the result of a child's attempt to pronounce
her first name. Her novels had strong popular qualities: intensely dramatic,
with sentiment rather high-pitched and always verging on the sensational.
The intense human interest is constantly present in her work
and accounts for her great vogue. Two of her stories,
"The Dog of Flanders" and "Moufflou," have gained a permanent place
in juvenile literature. They are popular among sixth, seventh, and eighth grade pupils.