Why did Ward oppose Women's Suffrage?
What is the correct name? Mary Augusta Ward, Mrs. Humphry Ward, or what?
Where can I find books by Ward?
The conventions are changing. Until recently, Ward has always been known as "Mrs. Humphry Ward," and anyone pursuing information about her, will need to search for material using that name and "Mary Ward."
The change reflects changing conventions for referring to many other nineteenth-century women writers. As women have gained more respect in general, critics have chosen to use parallel language for writers of both sexes: after all, we give Charles Dickens his first name, so why not do the same for women writers, rather than identifying them by their marital status. "Miss Dickinson" is now "Emily Dickinson." Long ago, critics stopped referring to "Mrs. Cross" or "Mrs. Lewes," and accepted the name "George Eliot," the nom de plume of Marian Evans. More recently, critics talked abut "Mrs. Gaskell," but this author is now called "Elizabeth Gaskell." The change is less complete with the author whose books were once attributed to "Mrs. Henry Wood," but she is generally called "Ellen Wood." Because authors like Wood and Ward published using their husbands' names and because many people know them only by the names on the covers of their books, it is a good practice to provide both names for clarity:
Mary (Mrs. Humphry) Ward
No one knows the answer to this for sure.
While the theories about identifying with her husband can't be completely rejected, I don't find them very persuasive for the reasons I've given. Two other possible explanations make more sense to me:
Not yet distilled for web use.
Other than Marcella, all Ward's books are currently out of print or available only with expensive library bindings. To locate copies, try the following:
Searching tip: Either search by "Ward" (no first name) + title, or search under multiple names: (Ward, Humphry; Ward, Humphrey; Ward, Mary Augusta). Many people use the misspelling "Humphrey," so using that spelling will uncover copies you might otherwise miss.
Caution: Searching under "Ward, Mary" will yield mostly items not by this author.