William James was his brother, Thackeray a house-guest of their parents. He was photographed as a boy by Brady, writing about it as an adult. Howells published much of his writing. He befriended Morris, Rossetti, Ruskin, Browning, Eliot and Tennyson when he moved to London, and befriended Zola, Turgenev and Flaubert when he lived in France. Stevenson and Conrad were among his correspondents, Conrad and Wells becoming neighbours when he moved to Rye, Wells not entirely flatteringly basing a character on him. Wharton, a good friend, helped him financially and campaigned in vain for him to get a Nobel Prize.