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Mary Cholmondeley was the daughter of a rural clergyman. She was educated privately and remained unmarried. After her father retired in 1896, Mary moved with him to London. Ahough largely forgotten today, Mary Cholmondeley was one of the bestselling authors of late 19th century England. She overcame shyness, ill health, and a lack of formal education to begin writing seriously in her teens. She became friends with other famous writers and was a celebrity of literary London.
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