Testament of Youth

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Seaview Books, 1933 - Authors, English - 661 pages
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Much of what we know and feel about the First World War we owe to Vera Brittains elegiac yet unsparing book, which set a standard for memoirists from Martha Gellhorn to Lillian Hellman. Abandoning her studies at Oxford in 1915 to enlist as a nurse in the armed services, Brittain served in London, in Malta, and on the Western Front. By wars end she had lost virtually everyone she loved. "Testament of Youth" is both a record of what she lived through and an elegy for a vanished generation. Hailed by the "Times Literary Supplement" as a book that helped both form and define the mood of its time, it speaks to any generation that has been irrevocably changed by war.

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User Review  - Karen Hagerman - Goodreads

After reading Willa Cather's One of Ours I realized how little I know of WWI so I picked up this memoir by Vera Brittain wondering if I still had the concentration (or the desire) to struggle through ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paola - Goodreads

I always thought of Testament of Youth as a war book, but this book is in fact much more than that - yes, the central part of the book (which consists of three parts) does recount Vera Brittain's ... Read full review


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Vera Brittain (18931970) served as a nurse in the British armed forces in World War I and afterward devoted herself to the causes of peace and feminism. She wrote twenty-nine books, of which "Testament of Youth" is the best-known.
Mark Bostridge is a biographer and literary critic who lives in London.

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