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Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie

Anne Ritchie in May 1870. Albumen print from Collodion negative

Anne Isabella, Lady Ritchie, née Thackeray (9 June 1837 – 26 February 1919), was an English writer. She was the eldest daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray.


  • Life 1
  • Literary career 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4
  • External links 5


Anne Isabella Thackeray was born in London, the eldest daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray and his wife Isabella Gethin Shawe (1816–1893). She had two younger sisters: Jane, born in 1839, who died at eight months, and Harriet Marian (1840–1875), who married Leslie Stephen in 1869. Anne, whose father called her "Anny", spent her childhood in France and England.

She married her cousin Richmond Ritchie in 1877.

Literary career

In 1863, Anne Isabella published The story of Elizabeth with immediate success.

Several works followed:

  • To Esther, and Other Sketches (1869)
  • The Village on the Cliff
  • Old Kensington
  • Tailors and Spinsters, and Other Essays
  • Bluebeard's Keys, and Other Stories
  • Five Old Friends

In other writings, she peculiarly used old folk stories to depict modern situations and occurrences, such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood.

She also published the following novels:

  • Miss Angel (1875)
  • Miss Williamson's Divagations (1881)
  • Mrs. Dymond (1885; reprinted in 1890)
  • A Book of Sibyls: Mrs. Barbauld, Mrs. Opie, Miss Edgeworth, Miss Austen (1883)
  • The biography Madame de Sévigné (1881)
  • The semi-autobiographical novella 'From An Island' (1877)


  • Auerbach, Nina; Knoepflmacher, U.C. (1993). Forbidden Journeys. University of Chicago Press.  
  • Martin, Ann (2006). Red Riding Hood and the Wolf in Bed Modernism's Fairy Tales. University of Toronto Press.  

Further reading

  • Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie (1999). Chapters from Some Memoirs. Adamant Media Corporation.  
  • "Introduction" by Anne Thackeray Ritchie in Our Village, fully and openly available online in the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature Digital Collection
  • Garnett, Henrietta (2004). Anny a life of Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie. Vintage.  

External links

  • Genealogy of Anne Thackeray Ritchie
  • Archival material relating to Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie listed at the UK National Archives
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