Winifred Holtby: South Riding (2341 words)

Lisa Regan (University of Gloucestershire)
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South Riding is set during the early 1930s in a fictional region of North East England closely based on the East Riding of Yorkshire where the author Winifred Holtby grew up. The wolds and coastline of her birthplace were a constant source of inspiration for Holtby from her very first published novel, Anderby Wold (1923), to this, her final novel, published in 1936. And it is perhaps on the strength of its portrayal of this rural Yorkshire community that South Riding has survived as a classic of the British interwar period. The Royal Society of Literature’s decision to establish The Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize for best regional novel in 1967 certainly made the novel a touchstone for British regional writing.

Citation: Regan, Lisa. "South Riding". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 August 2012 [, accessed 18 June 2021.]

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