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The May 2019 update adds 29 new articles featuring 30 lives and 8 portrait likenesses. The main focus is the lives of women from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. This update was curated by Professor Marie-Louise Coolahan of the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Dr Anders Ingram of the ODNB.
After her death, Anne Lister became known through her diaries which, in twenty-seven volumes and 4 million words (about one sixth in cipher), chronicle in minute detail her daily life at Shibden Hall, her travels, and her personal life, including her lesbianism. Lister's legacy will be brought to life in the coming weeks in the new BBC docudrama, Gentleman Jack.