Those women who lost their sons, who sent their sons away – it was just . The writing of Testament of Youth – and its success on publication – did not just affect Brittain herself. It had wider implications too.
Those women who lost their sons, who sent their sons away – it was just accepted. I think that's an outrage, myself. Brittain was indeed one of the only writers of her time able to chronicle the female experience of war with such visceral force. Until Testament of Youth appeared, the literary memorialisation of the first world war had been mostly the preserve of the male voice (Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Edmund Blunden) or of sentimental novelists who gained short-lived commercial success.
Vera Mary Brittain (29 December 1893 – 29 March 1970) was an English Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse, writer, feminist, socialist, and pacifist
Vera Mary Brittain (29 December 1893 – 29 March 1970) was an English Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse, writer, feminist, socialist, and pacifist. Her best-selling 1933 memoir Testament of Youth recounted her experiences during the First World War and the beginning of her journey towards pacifism
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stella magazine, sunday telegraph). to remain uninformed is actually life-threatening. it was a surprise to pick her book up now and discover how very good it is.
Testament of Youth is the first instalment, covering 1900–1925, in the memoir of Vera Brittain (1893–1970). It was published in 1933. Brittain's memoir continues with Testament of Experience, published in 1957, and encompassing the years 1925–1950. Between these two books comes Testament of Friendship (published in 1940), which is essentially a memoir of Brittain's close colleague and friend Winifred Holtby.
Vera Brittain, Shirley Williams. With a new introduction by her biographer, Mark Bostridge. In 1914 Vera Brittain was eighteen and, as war was declared, she was preparing to study at Oxford.
Listen to books in audio format. First published in 1933, Testament of Youth established Brittain as one of the best-loved authors of her time. As the book begins, Vera Brittain is a young woman determined to free herself from the constraints placed upon females in England. Her crisp, clear prose and searing honesty make this unsentimental memoir of a generation scarred by war a classic. She longs for "a more eventful existence and a less restricted horizon. Ironically, soon after her hard-won acceptance at mostly-male Oxford, war begins, and the repressive English society is altered at its core.
Vera Brittain was the author of "Testament of Youth", an. .
Vera Brittain was the author of "Testament of Youth", an autobiographical work about her life in the Great War and the lives and deaths of four men in battle. The four men were her brother, Edward; her fiance Roland; and two close friends. And now a look at Vera Brittain, her life and those of the four men featured in the book, and on the making of the movie version, has been written by British author Mark Bostridge. This woman is very intelligent, and recounts, in this memoir, what her life was all about.
As Vera Brittain’s Life of her companion Winifred Holtby is republished, Mark Bostridge examines the friendship between two . 4:25PM GMT 15 Mar 2012
As Vera Brittain’s Life of her companion Winifred Holtby is republished, Mark Bostridge examines the friendship between two timeless writers. 4:25PM GMT 15 Mar 2012. Although we didn’t exactly grow up together, Vera Brittain once wrote of her relationship with fellow writer Winifred Holtby, we grew mature together and that is the next best thing. For 16 years, until Holtby’s untimely death, at the age of 37, from kidney failure caused by Bright’s disease, the two women had enjoyed a close companionship. As friends they had been intimates.