Anne Lister

Standard Name: Lister, Anne
Birth Name: Anne Lister
Used Form: Ann Lister
Antiquarians and local historians have for generations known AL as 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.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Photograph of a painting of Anne Lister by an unidentified artist; it hangs at Lister's estate, Shibden Hall. She is shown from the waist up against the background of a gold curtain, wearing a high-collared maroon jacket. Her jaw-length dark hair, smoothly parted in the middle, is curly around her face.
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Family and Intimate relationships Lady Eleanor Butler
They were outraged, and at once sought legal advice from Edmund Burke (who had experienced image problems of a not dissimilar kind).
Mavor, Elizabeth. The Ladies of Llangollen. Michael Joseph, 1971.
Brideoake, Fiona. “Keep Yourself in Your Own Persons, Where You Are: The Ladies of Llangollen and Queer Self-Fashioning”. 42nd ASECS Annual Meeting.
This episode was remarkable partly because such hostility was unusual. But not...
Leisure and Society Lady Eleanor Butler
The Ladies and the rural ideal they embodied became famous in literary circles, an object of pilgrimage alike to the lesbian Anne Lister and to more conventional figures like William Wordsworth and the Irish poet...
Literary responses Ann Radcliffe
AR 's rival M. G. Lewis finished reading Udolpho within ten days of its publication, though he had during the same time travelled from England to the Hague.
Norton, Rictor. Mistress of Udolpho: The Life of Ann Radcliffe. Leicester University Press, 1999.
In 1825 Ann Lister eagerly traced...


By late Ocrober 1982
The Gay Men's Press of London published Alan Bray 's scholarly, ground-breaking study Homosexuality in Renaissance England.