English, Department of



Ann Robson

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The George Eliot Review 22 (1991)


Published by The George Eliot Review Online https://GeorgeEliotReview.org


Ann Robson had just passed her 32nd birthday when she died a few days before Christmas 1990. She was born in South Shields in October 1958. She learned to play the piano and was particularly fond of the Christmas carol' Away in a Manager'. The singing of this carol at her memorial service at the end of December was, therefore, particularly poignant. She had a passion for horses, as did so many girls of her generation, and this interest remained with her into her adult life. She was educated at Doncaster Grammar School and in 1977 went to Durham University to read Classics. Here she met Robert, the young man who continued to share her life and whom she was to have married if that life had not been cut short. Her love of Greek art and culture grew and then her Master's degree began.