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Ridler, Anne (1912–2001)

Ridler, Anne (1912–2001)

English poet and dramatist. Born Anne Bradby in Rugby, Warwickshire, England, July 30, 1912; died Oct 15, 2001; dau. of Henry Christopher Bradby (housemaster of Rugby School) and Violet (Milford) Bradby; attended Downe House School in Berkshire; King's College in London, degree in journalism, 1932; m. Vivian Ridler (printer at University of Oxford), in 1938; children: 4.

Worked as secretary to T.S. Eliot at Faber & Faber (1935–40); published 1st collection, Poems (1939), followed by The Nine Bright Shiners (1943); her The Golden Bird (1951), focuses on the pain and anxiety of separation, and A Matter of Life and Death (1959) highlights the sadness of children growing to adulthood; also wrote plays, translated opera libretti, and edited works of Charles Williams, James Thomson, Walter de la Mare, Thomas Traherne, George Darley, and William Austin; wrote plays Cain (1943), Henry Bly (1947), and The Trial of Thomas Cranmer (1956); other poetry collections include Dies Natalis (1980) and New and Selected Poems (1988); collaborated with E.J. Scovell on Ten Poems (1984).

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