Anne Lister References

Livia Labate, Marlene OliveiraLast updated on 4 July 2020

An ever-growing list of references about Anne Lister

Researching Anne Lister takes you places. Sometimes those places are hard to get to.

The goal of this list is to provide direct access to as many relevant resources as possible and to provide information about how to obtain those that are harder to access. Books, book chapters and academic works are included, as well as less frequently cited references such as historical and social research and other works relevant to researching Anne Lister. While we hope to be comprehensive, more works continue to emerge so please recommend references for inclusion.

Primary sources such as historical documents held in various archives (such as her journals and letters) are not included individually as this would make this list unwieldy, plus a lot of context is necessary to explain their relevance. For information about how these resources are collected, citations and research notes see the note at the end of this page.

Note: If you are new to researching Anne Lister, consider starting with the The Book Concierge instead.

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All references are listed alphabetically by title and include authors, publication date and type of work, as well as known availability information (open, paid or restricted access), linking to a source where the reference can be found. When multiple options were present, we favored the open, non-commercial option.

Dannielle Orr

October 2004, Review

Open access: Journal of the History of Sexuality, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 532-534


Jenny DiPlacidi and Karl Leydecker (editors)

2018, Book chapter

Paid access: Chapter "Marriage and its Queer Identifications in the Anne Lister Diaries", pp. 181-203.


Álvaro Peña Gómez

2008, Journal article

Open access: SPAL Vol. 17, pp. 329-334


Anne Choma

May 1994, Thesis

Open access: ALBW


Read more about it in The Book Concierge.

Phyllis M. Ramsden

20th century, Brochure

Restricted access (in person only): West Yorkshire Archive Services


Anne-Bénédicte Damon

14 April 2020, Journal article

Paid access: Women's Studies, Vol. 50


Jill Liddington

18 July 2013, Journal article

Paid access: Brontë Society Transactions, Vol. 26, Issue 1, pp. 46-67


Anne Longmuir

31 July 2006, Journal article

Paid access: Brontë Studies, Vol. 31


Olive Anderson

1995, Journal article

Open access: History Workshop Journal, No. 40, pp. 190-192


Read more about it in The Book Concierge.

Angela Clare

24 July 2018, Brochure

Paid access: Calderdale Museums


Jill Liddington

1 March 1993, Journal article

Open access: History Workshop, Vol. 35, Issue 1, pp. 45-77


Christopher Goddard

1 Mar 2019, Brochure

Paid access: Christopher Goddard


Vivien Ingham

1968, Journal article

Open access: The Alpine Journal, Vol. 73, pp. 199-204


Anna Clark

July 1996, Journal article

Paid access: Journal of the History of Sexuality, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 23-50


Read more about it in The Book Concierge.

Patricia Hughes

25 May 2014, Book

Paid access: Hues Books


Jill Liddington

August 1995, Journal article

Open access: Gender & History, Vol.7, No. 2, pp. 260-274


Read more about it in The Book Concierge.

Angela Steidele

1 November 2018, Book

Paid access: Serpents Tail


Margaretta Jolly

2011, Journal article

Open access: Women’s History Review, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 721-728


Anthony Fletcher

October 1999, Review

Paid access: History Today, Vol. 49, Issue 10


Pam Sharpe

2000, Review

Unknown access: Labour History Review, Vol. 65, No. 1, pp. 101-102


D. J. Mellett

1981, Journal article

Open access: Medical History, Vol. 25: pp. 221-250


Clara Tuite

2002, Journal article

Open access: Romantic Sociability: Social Networks and Literary Culture in Britain, 1770-1840, Vol. 1, pp. 186-210

Read more about it in The Book Concierge.

Carmen Álvarez Hernández (translator)

April 2019, Book

Paid access: Ménades Editorial


Maggie Tonkin, Mandy Treagus, Madeleine Seys and Sharon Crozier-De Rosa (editors)

2014, Book chapter

Open access: Chapter "Miss Wade's Torment: the Perverse Construction of Same-Sex Desire in Little Dorrit", pp. 217-240 .


Read more about it in The Book Concierge.

Barbara Hutton

1969, Book

Restricted access (in person only): Yorkshire Philosophical Society


Extended title includes "being so much of the narrative of Ensign Jeremy Lister of the 10th regiment of foot as pertains to his services on the 19th of April, 1775, and to his experiences in Boston during the early months of the siege".

Jeremy Lister, Humphrey Milford (editor)

1931, Book

Open access: Harvard University Press

Decoding Anne Lister `united in heart and purpose`

This magazine ran through 2012 and is not available online.

Jill Liddington, Alison Oram

2010, Magazine article

Unknown access: Herstoria Magazine, Spring 2010


Discusses how romantic friendships between women resisted mainstream social norms.

Sophie Jade Slater

2012, Thesis

Open access; Minnesota State University, Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects, Vol. 129

The digital version is the latest edition.

Patricia Hughes

2010, Book

Paid access: Hues Books


Anira Rowanchild

20 December 2006, Journal article

Paid access: Women’s Writing, Vol. 7, No. 1


Brontë possible effect of stories of the notorious Anne Lister.

Amber Adams, Josephine Smith

August 2016, Journal article

Open access: Brontë Studies, Vol. 41 no. 3, 2016, 191–192

Jill Liddington

1998, Book chapter

Paid access: Rivers Oram Press


Hazel Brothers

1996, Journal article

Restricted access (in person only): Transactions of the Halifax Antiquariam Society, No. 771, p. 111


Alan Bray

2003, Book chapter

Open access: Chapter 6: "Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, 1834: Easter Day"


Fiona Brideoake

June 2007, Thesis

Open access: Australian National University

Anna Clark

1999, Journal article

Paid access: History Workshop Journal, Vol. 48, Issue 1, 1999, pp. 252-257


Jill Liddington

1996, Journal article

Paid access: History Workshop journal, Vol. 42, Issue 1, Autumn 1996, pp. 56-86


This is a work for fiction.

Sally Wainwright

2018, Script

Open access: Lookout Point/BBC


Read more about it in The Book Concierge.

Anne Choma

25 April 2019, Book

Paid access: BBC Books


David Lang

February 1990, Journal article

Paid access: Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 53, Issue 1, pp. 115-120


Dinah Birch

21 January 1999, Review

Open access: London Review of Books, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 10-11

Helena Whitbread

2008, Journal article

Open access: Tribades, Tommies, and Transgressives, Histories of Sexualities, Vol. 1, pp. 109-126


Martha Vicinus

2004, Book chapter

Paid access: Chapter "'A Scheme of Romantic Friendship':

Love and Same-Sex Marriage", pp.18-28


Irene Javors

1 November 2012, Review

Paid access: The Gay & Lesbian Review, November–December 2012


Dannielle Orr

2004, Journal article

Paid access: Women's Writing, Vol. 11, 2004 - Issue 2


Susan Valladares

19 March 2013, Journal article

Open access: Literature Compass, pp. 353-368

Read more about it in The Book Concierge.

SL Smith

16 October 2019, Book

Paid access: Independently published

John Beynon, Caroline Gonda

6 May 2016, Book

Paid access: Routhledge


Caroline Crampton

29 November 2013, Magazine article

Open access: New Statesman


Alison Oram, Annmarie Turnbull

2001, Book

Paid access: Routledge

AnneLister, Muriel Green

1 February 1992, Book

Paid access: The Book Guild


Rosemary Bailey

1 April 2005, Book

Paid access: Transworld Publishers


Mary Eichbauer

2000, Review

Open access: Journal of Lesbian Studies, Vol. 4, Issue 3, pp. 115-120


Catherine Emberson, Ian Emberson

July 2007, Journal article

Paid access: Brontë Studies, Vol. 32, pp. 116-124


This is a work of fiction.

Rosa Mackenzie Kettle

1872, Book

Paid access: Kessinger Publishing


Jennifer Aston, Amanda Capern, Briony McDonagh

November 2019, Journal article

Paid access: Urban History, Vol. 46, Issue 4, pp. 695-721


This is a work of fiction.

Clara Barley

18 July 2019, Book

Paid access: Bluemoose Books


Catherine A. Euler

1995, Thesis

Open access: University of York


Anira Rowanchild

October 1999, Thesis

Open access: The Open University

Claudia Moser

1 April 2006, Thesis

Open access: University of Pennsylvania


Jill Liddington

2003, Book

Paid access: Pennine Pens


Hazel Brothers, Brochure

Date unknown, Brochure

Restricted access (in person only): Halifax Library (Anne Lister Resources)

Barbara Anne Cook

30 October 2019, Book

Paid access: Independently published

Alexander Mather

1819, Book

Open access: Wellcome Collection


Le premier séjour d’Anne Lister aux Pyrénées: 11 août, 2 octobre 1830. Une ascension au Mont Perdu le jeudi 26 août 1830

Not yet available online but expected to be added to Gallica soon.

Luc Maury

1990, Journal article

Restricted access (in person only): Le Bulletin de la Société Ramond, pp. 91-126.


Jill Liddington

2010, Book

Paid access: Pennine Pens


Chantal Stebbings

2012, Journal article

Open access: Vol. 71, Issue 2, pp. 384-411

Caroline S Baylis-Green

December 2015, Thesis

Open access: Manchester Metropolitan University

Temma Berg

8 August 2016, Journal article

Paid access: Brontë Studies, Vol. 41 No. 3, pp. 216–228


Sharon Rosamunde Gordon

June 2016, Thesis

Open access: Semantic scholar


Michael Brown

June 2006, Journal article

Paid access: The Historical Journal, Vol. 49, Issue 2, June 2006, pp. 425-452


Chris M. Roulston

15 July 2013, Journal article

Paid access: Journal of Lesbian Studies, Vol. 17, Issue 3-4, pp. 267-278


Liz Stanley

1992, Journal article

Paid access: Women's History Review, Vol. 1, Issue 2, pp. 193-216

Helena Whitbread, Natasha Holme

19 November 2016, Book

Paid access: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform


Anne Lister, Helena Whitbread

2010, Book

Paid access: Virago Modern Classics


Anne Lister, Helena Whitbread

19 March 2020, Book

Paid access: Virago


Alison Oram

24 August 2012, Journal article

Paid access: Women's History Review, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 533-551


Angela Clare

8 July 2019, Brochure

Paid access: Calderdale Museums


Rosalind Westwood, Pete Brown

1998, Brochure

Open access: Calderdale Museums


Caroline L. Eisner

2001, Journal article

Open access: a/b Auto/Biography Studies, Vol. 17, Issue 1, pp. 28-42


Kirsty McHugh

2018, Journal article

Paid access: Studies in Travel Writing, Vol. 22, Issue 4, pp. 420-435


Dannielle Orr

2006, Thesis

Open access: Murdoch University


Muriel Green

1939, Thesis

Paid access: Library Association


Carina McDowell

2012, Thesis

Open access: University of Ottawa

Leonieke Vermeer

2007, Journal article

Open access: The European Journal of Life Writing, Vol. 6, pp. 101–134

Cassandra Ulph

4 March 2019, Journal article

Open access: Nineteenth-Century Literature, Vol. 73, No. 4, pp. 462-485

Christine Santos

2020, Thesis

Open access: Universidade de Brasília

Patricia Hughes

2004, Journal article

Paid access: Brontë Studies, Vol. 29, Issue 1, pp. 85-87


J.T. Ward

May 1963, Book

Paid access: Bulletin of Economic Research, Vol. 15, Issue 1, pp. 61-74

About the list, citations and research notes

This compilation began as a short bibliography listing the citations from the many books about Anne Lister as they were being read by contributors to this site (as early as June 2019), and grew as we began to explore more of the background and context around Anne Lister's life.

As with all research about Anne Lister, over time, the various topics that emerged began to generate additional interesting and relevant references and so the list grew. We created a database for keeping track of what the references were and who had them so we could consult each other when needing additional information.

Making this available to anyone is consistent with the purpose of this site—to uncover and understand Anne Lister's life and historical context and doing so openly, collaboratively and providing access to all. As long as there is interest, we hope to maintain the list and continue to add to it as new works are published.

If you would like to recommend a reference for inclusion, please get in touch.

This page was optimized for legibility and findability so people interested in learning about Anne Lister can more easily surface and access these references, which often demand extensive googling and access issues. Individuals conducting formal research also have all the necessary information here to transform each reference into the suitable citation format of their preference.

If you are new to accessing academic references like the journal articles linked here, your university or local library will likely offer you free access to at least portions of these databases, so you may be able to access some of the paid titles without incurring any costs. Talk to a librarian! 💛



Thank you to the SAfD group for feedback about how to organize this information, and to Steph Gallaway, Jude Dobson and Kim Davis for offering their own references for cross-checking the full list.