Frances Spalding

Gay At Heart

Anny: A Life of Anne Isabella Thackery Ritchie


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ANNY THACKERAY (1837-1919), elder daughter of the famous Victorian author and a popular novelist in her own right, had a habit of losing things, of muddling her proof and mixing up times and dates. (She frequently dated her letters ‘Yesterday’.) Her vagueness has her head and one of them is a mistake’, even confuses DJ Taylor, who, in his biography of Thackeray, misspells her name.

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