Winifred Holtby





Winifred Holtby


Born
in The United Kingdom
June 23, 1898

Died
September 29, 1935

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Winifred Holtby was a committed socialist and feminist who wrote the classic South Riding as a warm yet sharp social critique of the well-to-do farming community she was born into.

She was a good friend of Vera Brittain, possibly portraying her as Delia in The Crowded Street.

She died at the age of 37.

Average rating: 3.88 · 2,374 ratings · 301 reviews · 22 distinct works · Similar authors
South Riding

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3.92 avg rating — 1,753 ratings — published 1936 — 33 editions
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The Crowded Street

3.89 avg rating — 161 ratings — published 1924 — 6 editions
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Anderby Wold

3.69 avg rating — 94 ratings — published 1923 — 7 editions
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The Land of Green Ginger

3.49 avg rating — 126 ratings — published 1927 — 10 editions
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Poor Caroline

3.67 avg rating — 54 ratings — published 1931 — 9 editions
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Mandoa, Mandoa!: A Comedy o...

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Virginia Woolf: A Critical ...

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Remember, Remember!: The Se...

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Truth Is Not Sober

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Letters to a Friend

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More books by Winifred Holtby…
“We're so busy resigning ourselves to the inevitable that we don't even ask if it is inevitable. We've got to have courage, to take our future into our hands. If the law is oppressive, we must change the law. If tradition is obstructive, we must break tradition. If the system is unjust, we must reform the system.”
Winifred Holtby, South Riding

“I am a feminist because I dislike everything that feminism implies. I desire an end to the whole business, the demands for equality, the suggestion of sex warfare, the very name feminist. I want to be about the work in which my real interests like, the writing of novels and so forth. But while inequality exists, while injustice is done and opportunity denied to the great majority of women, I shall have to be a feminist. And I shan't be happy till I get . . . a society in which there is no distinction of persons either male or female, but a supreme regard for the importance of the human being. And when that dream is a reality, I will say farewell to feminism, as to any disbanded but victorious army, with honour for its heroes, gratitude for its sacrifice, and profound relief that the hour for its necessity has passed.”
Winifred Holtby

“But questioning does not mean the end of loving, and loving does not mean the abnegation of intelligence”
Winifred Holtby, South Riding

Polls

February 2016 New School Group Read

 
  29 votes, 19.1%

1950, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, 182 pages
 
  24 votes, 15.8%

1979, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, 396 pages
 
  18 votes, 11.8%

1954, Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan, 113 pages
 
  14 votes, 9.2%

 
  13 votes, 8.6%

 
  11 votes, 7.2%

1934, Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller, 318 pages
 
  10 votes, 6.6%

 
  8 votes, 5.3%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.3%

1947, If This Is a Man by Primo Levi, 398 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.6%

 
  4 votes, 2.6%

1936, South Riding by Winifred Holtby, 492 pages
 
  3 votes, 2.0%

1985, Satantango by László Krasznahorkai, 274 pages
 
  3 votes, 2.0%

1962, The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, 640 pages
 
  3 votes, 2.0%

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