Anna Kingsford

Standard Name: Kingsford, Anna
Birth Name: Annie Bonus
Indexed Name: Annie Bonus Kingsford
Indexed Name: A. B. Kingsford
Indexed Name: AB Kingsford
Married Name: Mrs Algernon Kingsford
Self-constructed Name: Anna
Pseudonym: Ninon Kingsford
Pseudonym: Colossa
Self-constructed Name: Mary Magdalen
Self-constructed Name: Mary Magdalen Maria Johanna
Anna Kingsford , described by W. T. Stead as one of the most interesting and fascinating of the women of the Victorian era,
Review of Reviews.
13 (January 1896): 75
was a successful physician, religious leader, and woman of letters, with a remarkable breadth of achievement in medicine, the arts, and religion. She wrote often controversially on a wide range of topics, including anti-vivisection, vegetarianism, and women's suffrage; several of her works reflect her religious beliefs. A compelling writer and charismatic speaker, AK was prolific at a young age, published her first novel in her teens, and became editor of a progressive journal, The Lady's Own Paper. She was President of the Theosophical Society , founded the Hermetic Society , and conducted lecture tours with both religious and scientific content. She remains a popular figure in several alternative religious movements, though her broader social contributions are largely forgotten.


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Kingsford, Anna. An Essay on the Admission of Women to the Parliamentary Franchise. Trübner and Co, 1868.
Weigel, Valentin. Astrology Theologized: the Spiritual Hermeneutics of Astrology and Holy Writ. Editor Kingsford, Anna, George Redway, 1886.
Kingsford, Anna. Beatrice; a Tale of the Early Christians. Joseph Masters, 1863.
Kingsford, Anna. Dreams and Dream Stories. Editors Maitland, Edward and Edward Maitland, G. Redway, 1888.
Kingsford, Anna. Health, Beauty, and the Toilet: Letters to Ladies from a Lady Doctor. Frederick Warne and Co., 1886.
Kingsford, Anna. In My Lady’s Chamber. J. Burns, 1873.
Kingsford, Anna. River-Reeds. Joseph Masters, 1866.
Kingsford, Anna. Rosamunda the Princess. James Parker and Co., 1875.
Kingsford, Anna, editor. The Lady’s Own Paper. No. 307-318.
Kingsford, Anna. The Perfect Way in Diet. Kegan, Paul, Trench & Co., 1881.
Kingsford, Anna, and Edward Maitland. The Perfect Way: or, The Finding of Christ. Field &Tuer, 1882.
Kingsford, Anna. “The Uselessness of Vivisection”. Nineteenth Century, Vol.
, No. 60, pp. 171-83.
Trismegistus, Hermes. The Virgin of the World. Translators Kingsford, Anna and Edward Maitland, George Redway, 1885.
Trismegistus, Hermes. The Virgin of the World. Translators Kingsford, Anna and Edward Maitland, Wizards Book Shelf, 1977.
Kingsford, Anna. “Unscientific Science: Moral Aspects of Vivisection”. In Nature’s Name: An Anthology of Women’s Writing and Illustrations, 1780-1930, edited by Barbara T. Gates, University of Chicago Press, 2002, pp. 135-44.