Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Ridler, Anne
Birth Name: Anne Barbara Bradby
Married Name: Anne Barbara Ridler
was a twentieth-century poet and verse playwright whose work has been called metaphysical. She also edited and wrote introductions and commentary for literary works by others, produced translations of opera libretti, and left memoirs which were published after her death. Writing about personal experiences (including childbirth), about her faith, and about public or political concerns (much of her earlier poetry is filled with dread and darkness connected with the two World Wars), she links this world closely with her belief in God. AR
creates a meditative quality in her poems through complexly structured metaphor. Critic Kathleen Morgan
comments that she writes as one who experienced the happiest of family relationships. . . . and her life within that of the family is related to the larger life of the individual child of God.
Morgan, Kathleen. “’The Holiness of the Heart’s Affections’: Poetry of Anne Ridler”. Christian Themes in Contemporary Poets, SCM Press, 1965, pp. 144-53.
, a children's writer and novelist, was LW
's great-aunt (the younger sister, by a second marriage, of her maternal grandmother). LW praised Sinclair's work in Recollections of a Scottish Novelist: Catherine...
Contemporary Authors, Autobiography Series. Gale Research, 1984.
's close friends have included many well-known late twentieth-century names in British poetry: Frances Horovitz
, whom she mourned in a number of poems, a trio of drinking friends in Glasgow (Tom Leonard
She had a remarkably catholic talent for friendship. During her student days she became a friend of Philip Larkin
and Kingsley Amis
. Her correspondents at this and later periods of her life included her...
E. J. Scovell
Her friends included a fellow Oxford poet, Anne Ridler
(who later wrote her entry for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography), and a younger novelist, Maggie Gee
(whose brother married EJS
's niece), and...
Intertextuality and Influence
Holiday House was an important book for one of CS
's great-nieces, who became the popular writer Lucy Walford
, and was among the favourite childhood reading of poet and playwright Anne Ridler
Walford, Lucy. Recollections of a Scottish Novelist. Williams and Norgate, 1910.
Ridler, Anne. Memoirs. The Perpetua Press, 2004, p. 240 pp.
Ten years after his first collection appeared, this one at last brought PL
admiration and respect. The Times Literary Supplement called him a poet of quite exceptional importance, and The Times picked the volume as...
T. S. Eliot
Eliot now left Lloyds Bank
. His most significant work apart from his own writing was his long career in publishing, which made him a mentor to a whole series of distinguished authors. From late...
It was an inauspicious time for an opening, because of gathering war-clouds. Anne Ridler
later wrote, it was a great pity that Eliot had refused to offer the part [of Harry, the pivotal character] to...