A heartwarming portrait of a young woman's life in pre-1914 England and a heartbreaking record of the holocaust that followed.
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When war broke out in August 1914, 21-year-old Vera Brittain was planning on enrolling at Somerville College, Oxford. Her father told her she wouldn't be able to go: "In a few months' time we should probably all find ourselves in the Workhouse!" he opined. Brittain had hoped to escape the Northern provinces, but the war seemingly dashed her plans. "It is not, perhaps, so very surprising that the War at first seemed to me an infuriating personal interruption rather than a world-wide catastrophe."
Her father eventually relented, however, and she was allowed to attend. By the end of her first year, she had fallen in love with a young soldier and resolved to become active in the war effort by volunteering as a nurse--turning her back on what she called her "provincial young-ladyhood." Brittain suffered through 12-hour days by reminding herself that nothing she endured was worse than what her fiancé, Roland, experienced in the trenches. Roland was expected home on leave for Christmas 1915; on December 26, Brittain received news that he had been killed at the front. Ten months later Brittain herself was sent to Malta and then to France to serve in the hospitals nearer the front, where she witnessed firsthand the horrors of battle. When peace finally came, Brittain had also lost her brother Edward and two close friends. As she walked the streets of London on November 11, 1918--Armistice Day--she felt alone in the crowds:
For the first time I realised, with all that full realisation meant, how completely everything that had hitherto made up my life had vanished with Edward and Roland, with Victor and Geoffrey. The War was over; a new age was beginning; but the dead were dead and would never return.
First published in 1933, Testament of Youth established Brittain as one of the best-loved authors of her time. Her crisp, clear prose and searing honesty make this unsentimental memoir of a generation scarred by war a classic. --Sunny DelaneyAbout the Author:
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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Book Description Virago. Book Condition: New. 1978. Paperback. * A unique record of one woman's experience of twenty-five of the most cataclysmic years in modern history - and a Virago Classic bestseller - with a new introduction by Mark Bostridge Series: Virago Classic Non-Fiction. Num Pages: 640 pages. BIC Classification: 2AB; 3JJC; 3JJF; 3JJG; BGHA; HBG; HBWN. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 201 x 127 x 41. Weight in Grams: 486. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780860680352
Book Description Virago, 1978. Book Condition: New. 1978. Paperback. * A unique record of one woman's experience of twenty-five of the most cataclysmic years in modern history - and a Virago Classic bestseller - with a new introduction by Mark Bostridge Series: Virago Classic Non-Fiction. Num Pages: 640 pages. BIC Classification: 2AB; 3JJC; 3JJF; 3JJG; BGHA; HBG; HBWN. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 201 x 127 x 41. Weight in Grams: 486. . . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780860680352
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Book Description Little, Brown Book Group. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925, Vera Brittain, Shirley Williams, 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. Bookseller Inventory # B9780860680352
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