Holdsworth, Annie E.

BORN 1860, Jamaica - DIED 1917
BIRTH NAME Holdsworth, Eliza Ann
GRAVE LOCATION Firenze, Toscana: Cimitero Evangelico Agli Allori, Via Senese 184, Galluzo (2PPsSA V 20u)

Annie Holdsworth was born in Jamaica as the daughter of the Reverend William Holdsworth. Her father worked as a missionary among freed slaves. As a girl she started writing and after her father died she moved to London.

She was a member of the staff of the W.T. Stead's "Review of Reviews" and together with Isabella Caroline Somers-Cocks she became the editor of the "The Woman's Signal". She was an active feminist. In 1894 her best known novel "Joanna Traill, Spinster" was published and many more novels followed, among them "The Years that the Locust Hath Eaten" (1895).

In 1898 she married Eugene Lee-Hamilton, the half-brother of author Vernon Lee in Hampshire. Curiously, Vernon Lee was present and approved of the marriage but advised against her brother having any children. When Annie was pregnant in 1902 this was an 'awful catastrophe' for Vernon Lee. A daughter, Persis Margaret, was born in 1903, but the little girl died in 1904. In 1907 her husband died as well.

In 1909 she published "Lady Letty Brandon". After her death in 1917 she was buried next to her husband in Florence.

• Husband: Lee-Hamilton, Eugene (1898-)


The grave of Vernon Lee (Violet Paget) and Eugene Lee-Hamilton at the Cimitero Evangelico Agli Allori, Florence.
Picture by androom (04 Feb 2011)


Annie E. Holdsworth - Wikipedia

Holl, Elias

Published: 13 Mar 2011
Last update: 08 Mar 2022