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Alfred Ainger : biography

9 February 1837 - 8 February 1904

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. 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.".


  • (1903), in the English Men of Letters series
  • (1908)


  • English Men of Letters: Crabbe (1903)
  • Charles Lamb (1908)
  • The Letters of Charles Lamb Vol - II (1904)
  • Lectures and Essays (Volume 1)
  • Lectures and Essays (Volume 2)
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