Mary Ward: Educational Visions and the Bloomsbury Community

  • Helen LoaderEmail author


After the financial and critical success of her famous novel, Robert Elsmere, in many respects, Mary Ward closely resembled one of the citizens whom T. H. Green identified as having ‘exceptional opportunity of directing their own pursuits, and who do not need to be in a hurry in their decisions’ in contemplating how best to serve society. As discussed in Chapters  5 and  6, the combination of Mary’s intellectual ability, the experiences she gained as the orchestrator of higher education for women in Oxford through Somerville Hall, and her high-profile contacts in Oxford circles secured her success as a novelist.


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  1. 1.Centre for History of Women’s EducationUniversity of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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