Mrs Henry Wood calls for attention as the most intrinsically representative woman novelist of the mid-Victorian era. (Malcolm Elwin, Victorian Wallflowers, 232.)

It has been said that nearly all Mrs. Henry Wood's works were written with a purpose. Yet nothing can be more mistaken. Her purpose was to interest and amuse her readers. At the same time, she always endeavoured, as far as possible, to elevate them; to raise the standard of morality; to set forth the doctrine of good and evil; to point out the two paths in life, and the consequences that must follow the adoption of either. (Charles Wood, "Mrs Henry Wood: In Memoriam," The Argosy XLIII [Jan.-June 1887], 349.)

[S]he did not ... sit passively by while her novels sold thousands of copies; rather, she actively shaped her career, her image, her magazine, and the profession of authorship itself with particular goals in mind. (Jennifer Phegley, "Domesticating the Sensation Novelist: Ellen Price Wood as Author and Editor of the Argosy Magazine," 194.)

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