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Alfred Ainger

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Occupation  Biographer and critic
Nationality  English

Name  Alfred Ainger
Role  Biographer
Alfred Ainger
Born  9 February 1837 (1837-02-09)
Died  February 8, 1904, England, United Kingdom
Education  King's College London, Trinity College, Cambridge
Books  The Letters of Charles Lamb; Vol I, English Men Of Letters, Charles Lamb, George Crabbe, Crabbe

Alfred Ainger (9 February 1837 – 8 February 1904) was an English biographer and critic.



The son of an architect in London, he was educated at University College School, King's College London and Trinity College, Cambridge, from where he subsequently entered the Church, and, after holding various minor preferments, became Master of the Temple in July 1894. He was appointed an Honorary Chaplain to Queen Victoria 28 January 1895, and a Chaplain-in-Ordinary to her Majesty 2 March 1896.

He wrote memoirs of Thomas Hood and George Crabbe, but is best known for his biography of Charles Lamb and his edition of Lamb's works in 6 volumes (1883–88). He was a contributor the Dictionary of National Biography, writing the entries on Lamb, Alfred Tennyson, Frederick Tennyson, Charles Tennyson Turner and George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier, under the initials "A.A.".


  • Crabbe (1903), in the English Men of Letters series
  • Charles Lamb (1908)
  • The Letters of Charles Lamb (Volume I – Volume II)
  • Lectures and essays (Volume 1)
  • Lectures and essays (Volume 2)
  • References

    Alfred Ainger Wikipedia

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