by George J. Dance

De bary collected poems

Anna Bunston De Bary, Collected Poems, 1947. Courtesy Academy of American Poets.

Anna Bunston De Bary (27 May 1869 - 25 January 1954) was an English poet.[1]


De Bary was born Anna Bunston in Alderbury.[2] Her father was Thomas Bunston, an Anglican clergyman who was curate of Warbleton church and later vicar of Arlington church, both in Hailsham, Sussex. Her mother was Isabella (Murray).[1]

Anna became a schoolteacher in Brighton, Sussex. In Hailsham, in June 1910, she married Richard Brome de Bary, a clergyman who became private chaplain to Anthony Ashley Cooper, at St. Giles.[1]

In 1911, the couple moved to Antrim, Ulster, Ireland. On their return to England they lived in the village of Horton in Dorset, where Anna worked as a writer.[1]

She travelled extensively throughout Spain, France, Holland, and Italy; visiting Madrid, Toledo, Marsiglia, Angouleme, Amsterdam, Genova, Florence, Rome, and the Garda Lake. She spoke fluent Italian and German, and translated poetry from both languages.[1]

In her 70s, during World War II, she worked for the War Office in Liverpool.[1]

Her husband died in 1948.[1] She died in Salisbury.[2]



  • Songs of Spiritual Conquest. Bournemouth, UK: W.H. Smith, 1900.
  • Leaves from a Woman's Manuscript. Reigate, UK: 1904.
  • Mingled Wine. London: 1909.
  • Songs of God and Man. London: 1912.
  • New and Selected Lyrics. London: Daniel O'Connor, 1922.
  • Collected Poems. London: Mitre Press, 1947.


  • Jephthah's Daughter. London: 1914.


  • The Porch of Paradise: A tale of All Soul's Eve. London: Oxford University Press, 1925.
  • The House in Horton Hollow. London: John Long, 1928.


  • Letters of a Schoolma'am. London: Dent, 1913.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[3]

See alsoEdit


  • Anna Bunston de Bary - Songs of Lake Garda a cura di Eleonora Padovani e Marco faraoni, Raffaelli Edizioni 2015.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Lucy London, Anna Bunston de Bary (1869 - 1954) - British writer and poet, Female Poets of The First World War, April 10, 2016. Blogstpot, Web, Mar. 20, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hugh Cadman, "Seraching for information about WW1 poet," Salisbury Journal, 11 January 2014. Web, 19 Mar. 2017.
  3. Search results = au:Anna Bunston De Bary, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Mar. 19, 2017.

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