Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie

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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.


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[edit]

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. ISBN 0-226-03204-3. 
  • Martin, Ann (2006). Red Riding Hood and the Wolf in Bed Modernism's Fairy Tales. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-8020-9086-9. 

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