Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Holtby, Winifred
Birth Name: Winifred Holtby
's posthumous reputation is based on her final novel, South Riding, published after her death. During her lifetime, she was better known as a prominent journalist, invited by Virginia Woolf
in February 1935 to write her autobiography for the Hogarth Press
Shaw, Marion. The Clear Stream: A Life of Winifred Holtby. Virago.
With the onset of war, the town had largely been emptied of male students, making women a more visible presence around the university. Somerville had a tradition of turning out successful women writers; in entering...
Leonardi, Susan J. Dangerous by Degrees: Women at Oxford and the Somerville College Novelists. Rutgers University Press.
Family and Intimate relationships
After Brittain returned to London, Catlin continued teaching at Cornell
, and together they pursued their semi-detached marriage: she lived in London, sharing her household with Winifred Holtby
, while he spent four and...
Family and Intimate relationships
was devastated when Winifred Holtby
died, at 6:25 am on 29 September 1935. Holtby died after a long illness (renal sclerosis, whose seriousness Brittain had found it difficult to accept), at the Elizabeth Fulcher...
Gorham, Deborah. Vera Brittain: A Feminist Life. Blackwell.
Berry, Paul, and Mark Bostridge. Vera Brittain: A Life. Chatto and Windus.
wrote to Vera Brittain
(who had recently reviewed her), thereby initiating a close friendship which, however, was neither wholly relaxed nor in the long run lasting. Jameson and Winifred Holtby
, both Yorkshirewomen, more...
Annie S. Swan
During the 1930s ASS
became a friend and correspondent of Winifred Holtby
. They exchanged copies of their books. After Holtby's early death a correspondence developed between ASS
and Vera Brittain
Swan, Annie S. The Letters of Annie S. Swan. Editor Nicoll, Mildred Robertson, Hodder and Stoughton.
164-5, 171, 249
's close friendships with Winifred Holtby
and Leon Geach
lasted until their untimely deaths. But that with Dorothy Sayers
ended in estrangement on religious and political grounds: the final straw was apparently DW
stayed with Vera Brittain
and Winifred Holtby
at the house in Glebe Place in Chelsea where they and Brittain's husband, George Catlin
, all lived.
Bentley, Phyllis. "O Dreams, O Destinations". Gollancz.
Brittain, Vera. Chronicle of Friendship. Editor Bishop, Alan, Gollancz.
began one of the most important friendships of her life when she met Winifred Holtby
in this same year, when Holtby came to Yorkshire to give a lecture.
The Bentley-Brittain friendship lasted throughout this year, interrupted by emotional quarrels. Their final falling out, some time after Brittain had stayed in Yorkshire with Bentley and her mother, is variously attributed to a blurb or...
1 December 1881: The Schoolmistress, devoted to the furtherance...
Writing climate item
1 December 1881
The Schoolmistress, devoted to the furtherance of female education, began weekly publication in London.
14 May 1920: Time and Tide began publication, offering...
14 May 1920
Time and Tide began publication, offering a feminist approach to literature, politics, and the arts: Naomi Mitchison
called it the first avowedly feminist literary journal with any class, in some ways ahead of its time.
Mitchison, Naomi. You May Well Ask: A Memoir 1920-1940. Gollancz.
May 1922: Madeline Linford launched the Manchester...
launched the Manchester Guardianwomen's page, which she produced on her own, with no editorial assistant. It was temporarily suspended during the Second World War.
September 1929: The Open Door, campaigning for the economic...
The Open Door, campaigning for the economic emancipation of the woman worker, began publication in London.
1 October 1932: The British Union of Fascists was founded...
4 September 1935: The Schoolmistress ceased publication when...
4 September 1935
The Schoolmistress ceased publication when it merged with Woman's Teacher's World.
November 1939: Open Door, a journal about women's employment,...
National or international item
Open Door, a journal about women's employment, ended publication.
10 September 2003: Guardian Unlimited Books named as Site of...
Writing climate item
10 September 2003
Guardian Unlimited Books named as Site of the Week a website entitled Poetry Landmarks of Britain: a map of poetic assocations plotted on an interactive map of Britain, searchable by region or category.
Holtby, Winifred. Anderby Wold. John Lane, 1923.
Holtby, Winifred. “Foreword”. Pavements at Anderby, edited by Hilda Stewart Reid and Vera Brittain, Collins, 1937, pp. 9-11.
Cadogan, Mary, and Winifred Holtby. “Introduction”. Anderby Wold, Virago, 1981, p. ix - xix.
Hardisty, Claire, and Winifred Holtby. “Introduction”. The Crowded Street, Virago, 1981, p. ix - xiii.
Shaw, Marion, and Winifred Holtby. “Introduction”. Mandoa, Mandoa!, Virago, 1982, p. ix - xix.
Davidson, George, and Winifred Holtby. “Introduction”. Poor Caroline, Virago, 1985, p. xi - xvii.
Holtby, Winifred. Letters to a Friend. Editors Holtby, Alice and Jean McWilliam, Collins, 1937.
Holtby, Winifred. Mandoa! Mandoa!: A Comedy of Irrelevance. Collins, 1933.
Holtby, Winifred. Mandoa! Mandoa!: A Comedy of Irrelevance. Virago Press, 1982.
Holtby, Winifred. My Garden, and Other Poems. A. Brown, 1911.
Holtby, Winifred. Pavements at Anderby. Editors Reid, Hilda Stewart and Vera Brittain, Collins, 1937.
Holtby, Winifred. Poor Caroline. Jonathan Cape, 1931.
Holtby, Winifred, and George Davidson. Poor Caroline. Virago, 1985.
Holtby, Winifred. South Riding: An English Landscape. Collins, 1936.
Holtby, Winifred. South Riding: An English Landscape. Fontana/Collins, 1986.
Holtby, Winifred et al. Take Back Your Freedom. Editor Ginsbury, Norman, Jonathan Cape, 1939.
Brittain, Vera, and Winifred Holtby. Testament of a Generation. Editors Berry, Paul and Alan Bishop, Virago, 1985.
Holtby, Winifred. The Astonishing Island. Lovat Dickson, 1933.
Holtby, Winifred. The Crowded Street. John Lane, 1924.
Holtby, Winifred. The Crowded Street. Virago, 1981.
Holtby, Winifred. The Frozen Earth, and Other Poems. Collins, 1935.
Holtby, Winifred. The Land of Green Ginger. Jonathan Cape, 1927.
Holtby, Winifred. Truth Is Not Sober. W. Collins, 1934.
Holtby, Winifred. Virginia Woolf: A Critical Memoir. Wishart, 1932.