Edith Henrietta Fowler was the daughter of Henry Hartley Fowler, 1st Viscount Wolverhampton, who became a Liberal Member of Parliament and cabinet minister. She and her older sister Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler, who also became a novelist, were educated at home. Both sisters began to write at an early age. Edith wrote two very successful novels for children, The Young Pretenders (1895), illustrated by Philip Burne-Jones, and The Professor’s Children (1897), She also wrote five novels for adults. At age 38, she married the Rev. Robert Hamilton, with whom she had two sons, and went to live near Loughborough. She also wrote a biography of her father. The Young Pretenders was republished by Persephone Books in 2007.