Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925

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Penguin, 1933 - Authors, English - 661 pages
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Brittain’s pacifist and feminist memoir of the First World War, in which she served as a nurse in London, Malta, and in France at the front, is a classic account of an entire generation marked by fatal idealism and changed by war.
 

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User Review  - ursula - LibraryThing

Vera Brittain tells the story of her young adulthood, which coincided with the outbreak of World War I. I don't think I fully comprehended the description "lost generation" until I read this book. How ... Read full review

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User Review  - nigeyb - LibraryThing

Testament of Youth was a best seller when it was first published in 1933, and became a bestseller once again in the 1970s. It is every bit as good as I'd remembered when I read it first about twenty ... Read full review

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Contents

FORWARD FROM NEWCASTLE
17
PROVINCIAL YOUNGLADYHOOD
50
OXFORD VERSUS WAR
94
LEARNING VERSUS LIFE
135
CAMBERWELL VERSUS DEATH
205
WHEN THE VISION DIES
239
TAWNY ISLAND
290
BETWEEN THE SANDHILLS AND THE SEA
362
THIS LONELIEST HOUR
427
SURVIVORS NOT WANTED
467
PIPING FOR PEACE
535
ANOTHER STRANGER
606
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Vera Brittain (1893-1970) 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.

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