Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth

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by Vera Brittain
     
 

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Now a major motion picture starring Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington

Much of what we know and feel about the First World War we owe to Vera Brittain’s 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,

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Now a major motion picture starring Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington

Much of what we know and feel about the First World War we owe to Vera Brittain’s 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 war’s 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 Suplement 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.

This edition features a new introduction by Brittain's biographer examining her struggles to write about her experiences and the book's reception in England and America.

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“[Testament of Youth] remains one of the most powerful and widely read war memoirs of all time.” —The Guardian (London)
Library Journal
11/01/2013
Brittain served as a nurse on the western front. At war's end, who among those she loved was left? Published in 1933, a classic not simply on war but as a clear-eyed memoir of loss. (A 1979 BBC five-part dramatic adaptation is currently unavailable.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143039235
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/31/2005
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
688
Sales rank:
34,245
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.72(h) x 1.19(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

Meet 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.

Mark Bostridge is a biographer and literary critic who lives in London.

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Testament of Youth 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While researching the role of women in WWI, I originally borrowed 'Testament of Youth' by Vera Brittain from the public library. I didn't realize what a treat I was in for. I assumed that I would glean a few facts from the book and return it to the library. What happened was that I couldn't put it down. It was like reading a suspense novel, I couldn't wait to find out what happened next and found myself in tears most of the time. It is sad that most of us have forgotten those gallant women. Some of us didn't even know they existed, or what they did. Their courage and endurance have faded into the past, buried in history, rarely remembered. I must return the book to the library, but have bought my own copy, I can't wait to loan it to my children and my friends. I wish Ms. Brittain were here today to know she's remembered with gratitude and praise.
loveley 6 months ago
powerful book i love it
Vanlh More than 1 year ago
Powerful and important. Can't reoommend it high enough.
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