He was born at Weybridge, the eldest son of Henry Gay Hewlett, of Shaw Hall, Addington, Kent. He was educated at the London International College, Spring Grove, Isleworth, and was called to the bar in 1891. He gave up the law after the success of The Forest Lovers. From 1896 to 1901 he was Keeper of Lands, Revenues, Records and Enrolments, a government post as adviser on matters of medieval law.
Hewlett married Hilda Beatrice Herbert on 3 January 1888 in St Peter's Church, Vauxhall, where her father was the incumbent vicar. The couple had two children, a daughter, Pia, and a son, Francis, but separated in 1914, partly due to Hilda's increasing interest in aviation. In 1911, Hilda had become the first woman in the UK to gain a pilot's licence.
He settled at Broad Chalke, Wiltshire. His friends included Evelyn Underhill, and Ezra Pound, whom he met at the Poets' Club in London. He was also a friend of J. M. Barrie, who named one of the pirates in Peter Pan "Cecco" after Hewlett's son.
Hewlett's 1900 novel The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay, about Richard the Lionheart, was a favourite novel of T. E. Lawrence. Lawrence said he had read The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay several times. Hewlett was parodied by Max Beerbohm in A Christmas Garland in the part titled "Fond Hearts Askew".
- Earthwork Out of Tuscany (1895) travel
- The Masque of Dead Florentines (1895) verse
- Songs and Meditations (1897)
- The Forest Lovers (1898) historical novel
- Pan and the Young Shepherd (1898) play
- Youngest of the Angels (1898) play
- Little Novels of Italy (1899) short stories
- The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay (1900) (AKA Richard Yea-and-Nay) historical novel
- The New Canterbury Tales (1901)
- The Queen's Quair or The Six Years' Tragedy (1904) historical novel
- The Road in Tuscany. A Commentary (1904) travel; illustrations by Joseph Pennell
- Fond Adventures: Tales of the Youth of the World (1905) short stories
- The Fool Errant (1905) historical novel
- The Stooping Lady (1907) novel
- The Spanish Jade (1908) travel
- Artemision (1909) poems
- Halfway House (1908) novel
- Open Country (1909) novel
- Rest Harrow (1910) novel
- Letters to Sanchia (1910)
- The Song of Renny (1911)
- Brazenhead the Great (1911)
- Mrs. Lancelot: A Comedy of Assumptions (1912) historical novel
- The Lore of Proserpine (1913) autobiographical account
- Bendish (1913) novel
- For Two Voices (1914) Poem
- The Little Iliad (1915)
- The Song of the Plow (1916)
- The Village Wife’s Lament (1918) poems
- Thorgils of Treadholt (1917)
- In Green Shade (1920)
- The Light Heart (1920)
- Wiltshire Essays (1921)
- Extemporary Essays (1922)
- The Last Essays of Maurice Hewlett (1924)
- The Letters of Maurice Hewlett (1926) edited by Laurence Binyon
- Harris, George William (1909). The Work of Maurice Hewlett. The American Review of Reviews. 40. pp. 251–252.
- British Civil Aviation in 1911 Archived 2009-07-09 at the Wayback Machine Rafmuseum.org.uk
- " He (Lawrence) studied medieval writings such as the chansons de geste, and also enjoyed historical romances about the Middle Ages, reading Maurice Hewlett's Richard Yea and Nay over and over again..." Jeremy Wilson, Lawrence of Arabia: The Authorised Biography of T. E. Lawrence Atheneum, 1990. ISBN 9780689119347 (p.52).
- Maurice Hewlett: A Sketch of His Career and Some Reviews of His Books, by James Lane Allen
- A bibliography of the first editions of books by Maurice Henry Hewlett (1861–1923) (1973) Percival Horace Muir
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Hewlett, Maurice Henry". Encyclopædia Britannica. 13 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 417.
This list omits some significant works. He wrote six novels based on the Icelandic Family sagas, of which only The Light Heart and Thorgils of Treadholt are mentioned above. There is also The Outlaw (based on Gisli's Saga), A Lover's Tale (based on Kormak's Saga), Frey and His Wife (based on Ogmund Dytt's tale), and Gudred the Fair (based on the Greenland sagas).
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