"Thanks to a meticulous research of extensive manuscript collections of Anne Thackeray Ritchie papers, including her letters, diaries, journals and notebooks, kept in various locations in Britain and the United States, as well as other related manuscripts and published collections, Professor Aplin adds a great deal of information to Thackeray family biographies published earlier ... John Aplin's Memory and Legacy: A Thackeray Biography, 18761919, is a feast for Victorianists and readers looking for biographies of Victorians. Aplin has sympathetically and minutely portrayed the fruitful and fulfilled life of Annie Thackeray Ritchie in a book that is as knowledgeable as it is compelling. The Lutterworth Press publication is a timely and valuable addition to both Thackeray and Victorian studies."
Dr Andrzej Diniejko, on Victorian Web
"This book was a treat from beginning to end ... All in all this is an absorbing read, and will appeal to a very wide readership, not only those who enjoy literary biography and have a particular interest in Thackeray, but to anyone interested in social and family history."
Mandy Jenkinson, www.newbooksmag.com
"... delightful original sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray and his two daughters ... a great deal of new material ... essential reading for anyone interested in Virginia Woolf and her Victorian heritage and background."
Hilary Newman, in The Virginia Woolf Bulletin
"The chief value of this biography for Thackeray scholars lies in its thorough exploration and accessible presentation of a hitherto undocumented research archive. ... Although Aplin does not directly address the issue of gender difference, the biography sheds light on the customary role of the female dependant (either wife or daughter) of the 'great man' within nineteenth-century biographical discourse, a role requiring both self-effacement and a surrogate form of self-assertion."
Richard Salmon, in Journal of Historical Biography, Vol 9, Spring 2011
"There can be no doubt that both collections by Aplin will enhance scholar's understanding of Thackeray but their greatest contribution will be to researchers of Anne Thackeray Ritchie's life."
Clare Horrocks, in Journal of Victorian Culture, Vol. 17 (2)
"John Aplin has succeeded in resituating Thackeray the public author within a domestic, private history of daughters, cousins and generations. ... Aplin writes well, balancing a sense of drama with a judicious use of evidence to make this family history compelling and readable."
Judith L. Fisher, Trinity University, in English Studies, Vol 94, No 5