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Virginia Woolf

A Critical Memoir

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Virginia Woolf by Winifred Holtby
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Holtby gives us Woolf the critic, the essayist and the experimental novelist in a critical memoir which is of particular interest as the work of one intelligent, though very different, novelist commenting on another. Holtby's careful reading of Woolf's work is set in the context of the debate between modernist and traditional writing in the 1920s and 1930s. Although Holtby greatly admires Woolf's art, she considers its limitations as an elite form that ignores the material conditions of everyday life and the consequent social responsibility expected of the novel. Choosing to write about Woolf as 'the author whose art seemed most of all removed from anything I could ever attempt, and whose experience was most alien to my own,' Holtby has written a candid appreciation of the complex, groundbreaking work of a contemporary writer at the height of her career. Winifred Holtby was a novelist, journalist and social reformer, who campaigned for the causes of peace and sexual and racial equality. Her most famous work is the novel "South Riding", published posthumously in 1936. She died in 1935.

Author Biography

Winifred Holtby (1898-1935) was a novelist, journalist and social reformer, who campaigned for the causes of peace and feminism, and for the improvement of the working conditions of black workers in South Africa. She was a great friend of Vera Brittain who wrote a tribute to her in Testament of Friendship. Holtby's most famous, and lasting, work is her novel, South Riding, published posthumously in 1936.
Release date Australia
January 15th, 2007
Contributor
Introduction by Marion Shaw
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Pages
192
Dimensions
129x198x17
ISBN-13
9780826494436
Product ID
1735726

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