Anne Ridler (1912 – 2001) was a poet and librettist, described as “one of the best poets of her generation”. Her first book of poems was published in 1939, while working at Faber and Faber, for a time as assistant to T. S. Eliot. She published ten collections of poetry as well as original and translated opera libretti, including Monteverdi’s Orfeo. She was also the author of verse plays which were performed in Oxford and London. Her Collected Poems (Carcanet Press) were published in 1997 and she was awarded an OBE for services to literature shortly before her death.