Vera Mary Brittain: Testament of Friendship: The Story of Winifred Holtby

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Testament of Friendship, by Vera Brittain, chronicles the life of writer and activist Winifred Holtby (1898-1935), author of Anderby Wold, The Crowded Street, and, most notably, South Riding. Holtby also wrote the first critical biography of Virginia Woolf. Brittain and Holtby studied together at Somerville College, Oxford, and later shared a flat in London as they began their careers as writers. Holtby died prematurely of Brights Disease in 1935 at the age of 37.

Brittain is known primarily for her testament trilogy, which includes Testament of Youth, about the Great War of 1914-1918; Testament of Experience, which chronicles her life from 1925-1950; and Testament of F…

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Ockerstrom, Lolly. "Testament of Friendship: The Story of Winifred Holtby". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2009
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