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Anne Lister (link post)

When I chose Helena Whitbread's I Know My Own Heart: The Diaries of Anne Lister 1791-1840 to cover for the Project, I hadn't realized quite how much a current wave of Lister-mania there seems to be. Or maybe it's just because I'm following Helena Whitbread on Twitter now, so I'm getting a steady stream of relevant re-tweets. So I thought I'd start this post off with some links that have come to my attention.


Of most up-to-the-minute relevance (although not of practical use to my readers at this point), today there is a performance of a play in York, England based on Lister's life but updated to a modern setting. It would be interesting to see how that works out, though I can see how many of the themes in Lister's life have modern echoes. For more information.

There was a recent Halloween-themed essay at the website The Toast entitled "The Ghosts of Anne Lister" written by a woman working in an office next door to the room that had been Lister's bedroom in boarding school. (Thanks to Liz Bourke for the tip.)

Another tip from Liz Bourke: a BBC documentary "Revealing Anne Lister" by Sue Perkins is available on YouTube.

As I mentioned on a previous occasion, there's a somewhat fictionalized (but relatively faithful) movie titled "The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister" based on Lister's diaries, and you can catch a trailer on YouTube. Hmm, maybe I should do a movie review as well.

The book I'm covering in the blog, I Know My Own Heart, has detailed excerpts from the years 1817-1824 and a brief summary of events in her life after that. It has recently been re-issued under the same title as the movie.

The second volume, No Priest But Love: The Journals of Anne Lister From 1824-1826, will be covered in this blog at a later date.

And for general introductory background, there's always the Wikipedia article.

So, as you see, there's quite a bit of interest out there.

Additional links: in October 2016, when I tweeted a link to this page in connection with another Anne Lister item, Jan Bridget sent me a link to a YouTube video she did on the history of Lister's diaries: Anne Lister of Shibden Hall.