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    • ISBN:9780860680352
    • Publication date:20 Apr 1978
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    • Publication date:06 Nov 2014
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Testament Of Youth

An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925

By Vera Brittain

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To mark the centenary of the end of the first world war, Virago reissue an anniversary edition - with a new introduction by Mark Bostridge - of the testament that has become one of the most famous autobiographies of the first world war - much filmed, much studied and much loved.

With a new introduction by her biographer, Mark Bostridge.

In 1914 Vera Brittain was eighteen and, as war was declared, she was preparing to study at Oxford. Four years later her life - and the life of her whole generation - had changed in a way that was unimaginable in the tranquil pre-war era.

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH, one of the most famous autobiographies of the First World War, is Brittain's account of how she survived the period; how she lost the man she loved; how she nursed the wounded and how she emerged into an altered world. A passionate record of a lost generation, it made Vera Brittain one of the best-loved writers of her time.

Biographical Notes

Vera Brittain (1893-1970) grew up in the north of England. At the end of the war she moved to Oxford where she met Winifred Holtby, author of South Riding. Brittain was a convinced pacifist, a prolific speaker, lecturer, journalist and writer. She devoted much of her energy to the causes of peace and feminism.

She wrote 29 books in all: novels, poetry, biography and autobiography, and other non-fiction, but it was Testament of Youth which established her reputation and made her one of the best loved writers of her time.

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  • ISBN: 9780349010274
  • Publication date: 07 Jun 2018
  • Page count: 640
  • Imprint: Virago
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Testament of Friendship

Vera Brittain
Authors:
Vera Brittain

In her bestselling first volume of autobiography, Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain passionately recorded the agonising years of the First World War, lamenting the destruction of a generation which for her included those she most dearly loved - her lover, her brother, her closest friends.In Testament of Friendship Brittain tells the story of the woman who helped her survive those tragic years - the writer Winifred Holtby. They met at Somerville College, Oxford, immediately after the war and their friendship continued through Vera's marriage and their separate but parallel writing careers until Winifred's untimely death at the age of thirty-seven.When she died her fame as a writer was about to reach its peak with the publication of her greatest novel, South Riding. A moving record of a friendship between two women of courage, determination and intelligence, and a wonderful portrait of a lifelong love, Testament of Friendship now takes its rightful place as a Virago Modern Classic, with a new introduction by Mark Bostridge.

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Because You Died

Vera Brittain
Authors:
Vera Brittain

This collection of Vera Brittain's poetry and prose, some of it never published before, commemorates the men she loved - fiancé, brother and two close friends - who served and died in the First World War. It draws on her experiences as a VAD nurse in London, Malta, and France, and illustrates her growing conviction of the wickedness of all war.Illustrated with many extraordinary photographs from Brittain's own albums, and edited with a new introduction by Mark Bostridge, BECAUSE YOU DIED is an elegy to men who lost their lives in a bloody conflict, and a beautiful volume of remembrance to mark the anniversary of the Armistice.

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