Description - The Clear Stream by Marion Shaw
Winifred Holtby was a prolific journalist and writer whose most famous work South Riding is on many university courses. She was an active campaigner for several progressive causes during the inter-war period such as pacifism, feminism and most important to her, racial equality and harmony in South Africa. She was the subject of Vera Britain's Testament of Friendship. She was essentially a 'woman in her time' and yet could also be seen as an index to many of the progressive movements which were around in the pre-war days and in this sense she was indeed a 'clear stream'. Written in a wonderfully accessible style interspersed with excellent research as well as warmth from one born in the same district as Winifred herself this is the definitive biography of a woman ahead of her time.
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(196mm x 127mm x 23mm)
Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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Winifred Holtby is best remembered today as the author of the novel South Riding, continuously in print since its publication in 1936. Affectionately immortalized in Vera Brittain's Testament of Friendship, her short life and work are the subjects of this innovative major study. Instead of adopting a chronological approach, Shaw opts for a thematic one, tracing the course of Holtby's very full life through the various people she knew, each of whom reflect a different aspect of her personality. Well known in her lifetime as a zealous campaigner espousing causes like feminism, pacifism and the rights of black South Africans, this warmly compassionate individual richly deserves this accomplished and absorbing biography. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Marion Shaw
Marion Shaw is head of the English department at the University of Hull and she has written many books of literary criticism on Tennyson. She lives in Kingston-on-Soar in Nottinghamshire.