Katharine Anthony

Katharine Anthony

Katharine Anthony

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Katharine Susan Anthony, sometimes also spelled Katherine (27 November 1877, Roseville, Logan County, Arkansas–20 November 1965, New York City, age 87), was a US biographer best known for The Lambs (1945), a controversial study of the British writers Charles and Mary Lamb.


Katharine Anthony was born in Roseville, Logan County, Arkansas, the third daughter of Ernest Augustus Anthony 1846-1904 and Susan Jane Cathey 1845-1917. Her father was a grocer and later a police officer.

She studied at Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, the Universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg, and the University of Chicago. She received a Ph.B degree from Chicago in 1905 and taught at Wellesley College in 1907. She became a public school teacher by 1910 and worked at that time in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas. She moved from Arkansas perhaps because her mother had died in 1917, and by 1920 she was living in Manhattan with her life-partner Elisabeth Irwin (1880–1942), the founder of the Little Red School House, with whom she raised several adopted children (source: <em>Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth Century America</em>, Lillian Faderman, 1991).

Her book Catherine the Great was positively reviewed in the New York Times (Dec 20, 1925, pg BR8), which notes that Miss Anthony had, apparently for the first time, access to all of Catherine's private memoirs. Her book Marie Antoinette was called a "...fresh and...
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