London I88I: With his medievalist poetry, fleshy fiction, essays, reviews and articles, published mainlyby The Bodeley Head, Richard took literary London by storm. 

"A regular contributor to The Yellow Book, and part of the Rhymers' Club, He was of great importance to the Aesthetic and Decadent movements. He had intimate ties to late-Victorian feminists known as “New Women,” and links to artists such as Max Beerbohm and Walter Sickert" 
(Dr. Mark Samuels Lasner & Dr. Margaret D. Stetz)

Tragically,Richard's wife Mildred died soon after giving birth to their first child, Hesper.
This was a key theme of his best known novel The Quest of the Golden Girl (I896).

He remarried in 1897, to Danish journalist Julie Norregard, but they had a tempestuous relationship, and she left him in I903, taking their daughter Eva to live in Paris. Richard moved to America, where he worked prolifically,  yet did not find the success he had in London.