Anne Ridler

Anne Barbara Ridler (née Bradby) (30 July 1912 – 15 October 2001) was a British poet, and Faber and Faber editor, selecting the Faber "A Little Book of Modern Verse" with T. S. Eliot (1941). Her "Collected Poems" (Carcanet Press) were published in 1994. She turned to libretto work and verse plays; it was later in life that she earned official recognition, receiving an OBE in 2000.

Family

Ridler was the daughter of H. C. Bradby, a housemaster at Rugby School, where she was born. Her mother, Violet Bradby, born Milford, wrote popular children's stories and was the sister of Humphrey Milford, Publisher to the University of Oxford. One of her great-grandfathers was Charles Richard Sumner, Bishop of Winchester, a brother of John Bird Sumner, Archbishop of Canterbury. Her uncle G. F. Bradby, was the author of "The Lanchester Tradition" (1919), while her aunt Barbara Bradby was the joint author of "The Village Labourer" (1911). Her cousins included the composer Robin Milford and the Rev. Dick Milford, vicar of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford.

Life

Anne Bradby was educated at Downe House School and later published a biography of her headmistress, Olive Willis. After six months in Florence and Rome, she took a diploma in journalism at King's College London.

In 1938, she married Vivian Ridler, the future Printer to Oxford University (1958-78), but then the manager of the Bunhill Press, London, and they had two daughters and two sons.

She edited "Charles Williams: The Image of the City and other Essays" (1958) and "Charles Williams: Selected Writings" (1961). A Christian and friend and correspondent of C. S. Lewis, she was on the edge of the Inklings group.

Television Roles

External links

* [http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/poetry/story/0,6000,581905,00.html Guardian Unlimited obituary]
* [http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,6109,574760,00.html Guardian article]
* [http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/singlePoet.do?poetId=30 Poetry Archive]


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