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Definition: Holtby, Winifred from Chambers Biographical Dictionary


English novelist and feminist

Born in Rudston, Yorkshire, she was educated at Oxford, and served in France with the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps. She was a prolific journalist, and was a director from 1926 of Time and Tide. She wrote a number of novels with strong-willed women as her heroines, including The Crowded Street (1924) and The Land of Green Ginger (1927), but is chiefly remembered for her last and most successful, South Riding (1935).

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Summary Article: Holtby, Winifred
From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

English novelist and journalist. She was an ardent advocate of women's freedom and of racial equality. Her novel South Riding (1936), set in her native Yorkshire, was awarded the Tait Black Memorial Prize and was subsequently filmed and televised. Her other works include an analysis of women's position in contemporary society, Women in a Changing Civilization (1934).

She was born in Rudstone, Yorkshire, and educated at Oxford University. In 1921 she moved to London, where she worked for the periodical Time and Tide. She also travelled in Europe, lecturing for the League of Nations Union. Among her other novels are Anderby Wold (1932), The Crowded Street (1924), The Land of Green Ginger (1927), Poor Caroline (1931), and Mandoa! Mandoa! (1933).


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