Letters From A Lost Generation: First World War Letters of Vera Brittain and Four Friends

Letters From A Lost Generation: First World War Letters of Vera Brittain and Four Friends

by Alan Bishop
     
 

ISBN-10: 1555533795

ISBN-13: 9781555533793

Pub. Date: 10/29/1998

Publisher: Northeastern University Press

This poignant work collects correspondence written from 1913 to 1918 between Vera Brittain and four young men — her fiance Roland Leighton, her younger brother Edward and their two close friends, Victor Richardson and Geoffrey Thurlow — who were all killed in action during World War I.

The correspondence presents a remarkable and profoundly moving

Overview

This poignant work collects correspondence written from 1913 to 1918 between Vera Brittain and four young men — her fiance Roland Leighton, her younger brother Edward and their two close friends, Victor Richardson and Geoffrey Thurlow — who were all killed in action during World War I.

The correspondence presents a remarkable and profoundly moving portrait of five idealistic youths caught up in the cataclysm of war. Spanning the duration of the war, the letters vividly convey the uncertainty, confusion, and almost unbearable suspense of the tumultuous war years. They offer important historical insights by illuminating both male and female perspectives and allow the reader to witness and understand the Great War from a variety of viewpoints, including those of the soldier in the trenches, the volunteer nurse in military hospitals, and even the civilian population on the home front. As Brittain wrote to Roland Leighton in 1915, shortly after he arrived on the Western Front: "Nothing in the papers, not the most vivid and heartbreaking descriptions, have made me realize war like your letters."

Yet this collection is, above all, a dramatic account of idealism, disillusionment, and personal tragedy as revealed by the voices of four talented schoolboys who went almost immediately from public school in Britain to the battlefields of France, Belgium, and Italy. Linking each of their compelling stories is the passionate and eloquent voice of Vera Brittain, who gave up her own studies to enlist in the armed services as a nurse.

As World War I fades from living memory, these letters are a powerful and stirring testament to a generation forever shattered and haunted by grief, loss, and promise unfulfilled.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555533793
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press
Publication date:
10/29/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
A Note to the Textxi
Chronologyxv
Biographical Notesxviii
Introduction1
Part 128 September 1913 - 29 July 19149
Part 221 August 1914 - 1 April 191523
Part 33 April 1915 - 26 August 191569
Part 427 August 1915 - 26 December 1915147
Part 58 January 1916 - 17 September 1916205
Part 619 September 1916 - 19 December 1916273
Part 726 December 1916 - 11 June 1917305
Part 825 June 1917 - 24 June 1918359
Notes403
Select Bibliography417
Index419

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