South Riding by Winifred HoltbyWinner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Winifred Holtbys greatest novel was published posthumously
Winifred Holtbys masterpiece is a rich evocation of the lives and relationships of the characters of South Riding. Sarah Burton, the fiery young headmistress of the local girls school; Mrs Beddows, the districts first alderwoman—based on Holtbys own mother; and Robert Carne, the conservative gentleman-farmer locked in a disastrous marriage—with whom the radical Sarah Burton falls in love. Showing how public decisions can mold the individual, this story offers a panoramic and unforgettable view of Yorkshire life.
South Riding 1938 Drama, Romance, Edna Best, Ralph Richardson, Edmund Gwenn - TSAFilm
South Riding by Winifred Holtby
Winifred Holtby, who had met my mother, Vera Brittain, in the autumn of , when both were students at Somerville College, Oxford, was, like her, a writer. The two young women had rented a flat in Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, after leaving university, and together tried to break into the world of journalism and writing books. Both were regarded as unconventionally progressive writers, addressing topics like birth control not much discussed in respectable society. After my mother married in , she and my father shared their home with Winifred. And after my brother John and I were born, she shared in our early upbringing too. With eyes the colour of cornflowers and hair the pale gold of summer wheat in her native Yorkshire Wolds, Winifred couldn't easily be overlooked. Indeed, she might have been a descendant of the Vikings who had ravaged and occupied so much of the east coast of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire centuries before.
She was a ray of sunshine in the intense and preoccupied atmosphere of home life in my early years. Yet the memory of Holtby's physical presence has never left her. Returning to the world of her Yorkshire upbringing, Holtby created a moving portrait of a rural community struggling with the effects of the depression. Shetakes the mundane workings of local government and makes of them, perhaps surprisingly, an unforgettable fictional world. Williams still possesses the copy of South Riding that her mother Vera Brittain inscribed for her father, the political scientist George Catlin. He refused to read it.
Friday 18 February , When, as a voracious teenage reader, I first read South Riding I took many of its themes for granted and thought it was a great story folded around a great love story.
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Sign in. Our story tells how a public life affects the private life; and how a man's personal sufferings make him what he is in public. A country squire whose wife is in a mental hospital becomes attracted to a crusading local schoolmistress. Robert Carne is a Yorkshire country squire who is almost bankrupt from keeping his mentally-ill wife in an expensive sanitarium, for many years, where she has every possible comfort. He is trying to give his young daughter, Madge, and education, but is forced to send her to local public school where Sarah Barton has just been named Headmistress.
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