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  - Maire - Goodreads

A masterpiece of memoir. Easily on the best books I've read this year--and maybe ever--Vera Brittain tells her story of WWI in a compelling, friendly manner, and I felt the entire time as if I were ... Read full review

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User Review  - AJB Johnston - Goodreads

Fascinating book, written with what reads like complete honesty. The book provides an intense and insightful window into Vera Brittain's life and also of the times. My only criticism, which I admit is ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
9
PART I
15
Provincial YoungLadyhood
50
Copyright

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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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