Winifred Holtby (23 June 1898 – 29 September 1935)
Winifred Holtby was an English novelist and journalist, best known for her novel South Riding. She was a close friend of Vera Brittain, author of the highly acclaimed war memoir, Testament of Youth. Sadly, she died young, and just afer finishing South Riding. Further biographical information can be found on firstworldwar.com and Wikipedia. Several of Winifred Holtby’s books have been published as Virago Modern Classics. Click through for more about Winifred Holtby’s work.
Iris Murdoch (15 July 1919 – 8 February 1999)
Iris Murdoch was a British author whose work explored political, social and moral questions. She produced over 25 novels, and died in 1999 after suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years. Further biographical information can be found on Wikipedia. Murdoch won the Booker Prize in 1978 for The Sea, The Sea. Five other books were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Click through for more about Iris Murdoch’s work.
Elizabeth Taylor (3 July 1912 – 19 November 1975)
Elizabeth Taylor was a British author, who wrote about ordinary people and situations in a most compelling way. Her characterizations are superb. Taylor wrote twelve novels which have all been published as Virago Modern Classics. She was a very private person, and overshadowed during her lifetime by the actress who shared her name. As Benjamin Schwarz wrote in The Atlantic, she “is best known for not being better known.” Further biographical information can be found on Wikipedia. Click through for more about Elizabeth Taylor’s work.
Edith Wharton (January 24, 1862 – August 11, 1937)
Edith Wharton was an American author who wrote about America’s upper classes, often in a satirical way. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, The Age of Innocence. She was also renowned for her expertise in the decorative arts. Further biographical information can be found on Wikipedia and at The Mount Estate and Gardens. The latter also includes some stunning photography of the estate, as well as a blog. Click through for more about Edith Wharton’s work.