Ouida, pseudonym of Maria Louise Ramé, (Jan. 1, 1839 — Jan. 25, 1908), English novelist, known for her extravagant melodramatic romances of fashionable life. Her first novel, Granville de Vigne (renamed Held in Bondage, 1863), was first published serially in 1861–63. Her stirring narrative style and a refreshing lack of sermonizing caught the public’s fancy and made her books extraordinarily popular. She was the author of a number of animal stories, of which A Dog of Flanders (1872) was long a children’s favorite.
A Dog of Flanders takes place In 19th century Belgium. A boy named Nello becomes an orphan at the age of two when his mother dies in the Ardennes. One day, Nello and Jehann Daas, his granddad, find a dog who was almost beaten to death, and name him Patrasche. Due to the good care of Johaan Daas, the dog recovers, and from then on, Nello and Patrasche are inseparable. Since they are very poor, Nello and his companions have to find a way to make their living.