Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Standard Name: Lister, Anne
Birth Name: Anne Lister
Used Form: Ann Lister
Antiquarians and local historians have for generations knownas an early nineteenth-century diarist and have made use of her diary (which amounts to about four million extant words in twenty-four quarto volumes, a sixth of it in a secret cipher) as historical material, ignoring or concealing the coded, sexual (that is, lesbian) passages. She also left about 900 extant letters.