Collection RC0312 - Winifred Holtby fonds

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Winifred Holtby fonds

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  • 1924-1960 (Creation)

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50 cm of textual records and graphic material

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Winifred Holtby, novelist, feminist, and social reformer, was born in Rudstone, Yorkshire on 23 June 1898. She was educated at Somerville College, Oxford, where she met Vera Brittain. Holtby became a regular contributor to Time and Tide and a lecturer on behalf of the League of Nations Union. Her first novel, Anderby Wold, was published in 1923. Her best-known novel, South Riding, was published posthumously in 1936 and won the James Tait Black memorial prize. She died on 29 September 1935 in London. Vera Brittain wrote about their friendship in Testament of Friendship (1940).

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Acquired as part of the Vera Brittain fonds.


This collection was culled from the Vera Brittain fonds held by McMaster University. The collection is arranged in the following series: correspondence, memorials, other information, lecture outlines and notes, speeches.
In 2009 more materials were found in the Vera Brittain fonds and added to this collection: Box 1, File 10a and Box 2, File 3a.

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A few letters from Holtby to Brittain remain in the Brittain fonds.

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