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Vera Brittain A Life

Author : Mark Bostridge
ISBN : 9780349008547
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Vera Brittain is most widely known as the woman who immortalized a lost generation in her haunting autobiography of the Great War, TESTAMENT OF YOUTH. Writer, pacifist and feminist, she condemned her provincial background but remained acutely conscious of the conventional elements in her own character; she revealed a richly emotional life in her writing but was outwardly sober and reserved; she possessed a fierce desire for fame and recognition but was ready to sacrifice both on matters of principle. This biography - comprehensive, authoritative and immensely readable - confirms Vera Brittain's stature as one of the most remarkable women of our time.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Vera Brittain

Author : Deborah Gorham
ISBN : PSU:000047289369
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This is a biographical study of the English writer and social activist Vera Brittain, (1893-1970). Author of more than twenty books and a successful journalist, Brittain is best known for her autobiographical Testament of Youth, which is remembered as the most important book of the First World War written from a woman's perspective. In the interwar decades, Vera Brittain became a staunch advocate of equal-rights feminism, an internationalist, and, by the late 1930s, a pacifist. In this book, Deborah Gorham focuses on Vera Brittain's struggles and achievements as a feminist. She contends that in both her public and private life, Brittain was representative of the group of educated middle-class women who brought to fruition the goals of Victorian bourgeois feminism in the years following the Great War.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Vera Brittain And The First World War

Author : Mark Bostridge
ISBN : 9781408188453
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Vera Brittain and the First World War tells the remarkable story of the author behind Testament of Youth whilst charting the book's ascent to become one of the most loved memoirs of the First World War period. Such interest is set to expand even more in this centenary year of the war's outbreak. In the midst of her studies at Oxford when war broke out across Europe, Vera Brittain left university in 1915 to become a V.A.D (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurse, treating soldiers in London, Malta and Etaples in France. The events of the First World War were to have an enormous impact on her life. Four of Brittain's closest friends including her fiancé Roland Leighton and her brother Edward Brittain MC were killed in action, sparking a lifelong commitment to pacifism. In 1933 she published Testament of Youth, the first of three books dealing with her experience of war. In equal measures courageous, tragic and deeply fascinating, Testament of Youth is one of the most compelling and important works of war literature ever to have been written by a British woman. Mark Bostridge's Vera Brittain and the First World War, published to coincide with the film of Testament of Youth, explores the effects of the First World War on Vera Brittain, both in terms of her personal life and in terms of its effect on her development as a writer and her eventual decision to become a pacifist. Taking advantage of the interest generated by the film, it will bring her story to a new generation and incorporate the most up-to-date research. It will also include a short essay 'From Book to Film', describing the process of turning Testament of Youth into a major feature film. This will include interviews with the production staff and actors, as well as with members of Vera Brittain's family, including Shirley Williams. The film, which has been scripted by Juliette Towhidi and is being produced by BBC Films and Heyday Films, the makers of Harry Potter, is currently in production. Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) stars as Brittain, with Kit Harington (Game of Thrones, Pompeii) playing her fiancé Roland Leighton.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Letters From A Lost Generation

Author : Mark Bostridge
ISBN : 9780349007717
Genre : Literary Collections
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Nothing in the papers, not the most vivid and heart-rending descriptions, have made me realise war like your letters' Vera Brittain to Roland Leighton, 17 April 1915. This selection of letters, written between 1913 & 1918, between Vera Brittain and four young men - her fiance Roland Leighton, her brother Edward and their close friends Victor Richardson & Geoffrey Thurlow present a remarkable and profoundly moving portrait of five young people caught up in the cataclysm of total war. Roland, 'Monseigneur', is the 'leader' & his letters most clearly trace the path leading from idealism to disillusionment. Edward, ' Immaculate of the Trenches', was orderly & controlled, down even to his attire. Geoffrey, the 'non-militarist at heart' had not rushed to enlist but put aside his objections to the war for patriotism's sake. Victor on the other hand, possessed a very sweet character and was known as 'Father Confessor'. An important historical testimony telling a powerful story of idealism, disillusionment and personal tragedy.
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Testament Of Friendship

Author : Vera Brittain
ISBN : 9781405515559
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Vera Brittain

Author : Yvonne Bennett
ISBN : 090268017X
Genre : Women and peace
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The Fateful Year

Author : Mark Bostridge
ISBN : 9780141962238
Genre : History
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The Fateful Year is the story of England in 1914. War with Germany, so often imagined and predicted, finally broke out when people were least prepared for it. Here, among a crowded cast of unforgettable characters, are suffragettes, armed with axes, and celebrity aviators thrilling spectators by looping the loop. With the coming of war, England is beset by spy hysteria and fears of invasion. Patriotic women hand out white feathers to men who have failed to rush to their country's defence. And as 1914 fades out, England prepares itself for the prospect of a war of long duration.
Category: History

One Voice

Author : Vera Brittain
ISBN : 0826485340
Genre : Science
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Here is a reissue of two books by Vera Brittain, which make a strong plea for Christian Pacifism. This edition includes a preface by her daughter Shirley Williams.
Category: Science

Honourable Estate

Author : Vera Brittain
ISBN : 1860497829
Genre : Fiction
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Young Janet Harding is still grieving when she accepts a proposal from Reverend Rutherston, the kindly vicar who befriended her during her mother's last illness. Her ambitions to further the suffragette cause are hampered, though, by her early pregnancy with a son, Denis, and life in the spa town of Sterndale is increasingly stifling... Stephen Allendeyne, heir to Dene Hall, prides himself on his marriage to Jessie Penryder, an impoverished governess with little respect for his smug family but plenty of social ambition. At odds in all else, the couple are united in their scorn for daughter Ruth's preference for work, ideas and freedom over marriage... In the aftermath of WWI, Ruth and Denis meet each other through work in Eastern Europe. The scars of their pasts and of the war itself are diminished in a determination to forge a new kind of marriage.
Category: Fiction

Testament Of Youth

Author : Vera Brittain
Genre : Nurses
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F or nearly a decade I have wanted, with a growing sense of urgency, to write something which would show what the whole War and post-war period — roughly, from the years leading up to 1914 until about 1935 — has meant to the men and women of my generation, the generation of those boys and girls who grewupjust before the War broke out. Iwanted to give too, if I could, an impression of the changes which that period brought about in the minds and lives of very different groups of individuals belonging to the large section of middle-class society from which my own family comes.
Category: Nurses