Vera Brittain - Author

About the Author

Born in 1893, Vera Brittain won an exhibition to Somerville College, Oxford, in 1914, but a year later abandoned her studies to enlist as a VAD nurse. She served throughout the war, working in London, Malta and close to the Front in France. At the end of the war, with all of those closest to her dead, she returned to Oxford. Vera Brittain was a convinced pacifist, a prolific speaker, lecturer, journalist and writer, she devoted much of her energy to the causes of peace and feminism. She wrote 29 books in all, novels, poetry, biography and autobiography, but it was Testament of Youth which established her reputation and made her one of the best-loved writers of her time. She died in 1970.

Featured books by Vera Brittain

Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth

Author: Vera Brittain Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/03/2014

In 1914 Vera Brittain was 20, 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 would have been unimaginable in the tranquil pre-war era.

Other books by Vera Brittain

The Women at Oxford a Fragment of History

The Women at Oxford a Fragment of History

Author: Vera Brittain Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/08/2017

The Women at Oxford a Fragment of History

The Women at Oxford a Fragment of History

Author: Vera Brittain Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2015

Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth

Author: Vera Brittain Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/03/2014

In 1914 Vera Brittain was 20, 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 would have been unimaginable in the tranquil pre-war era.

Testament of Friendship The Story of Winifred Holtby

Testament of Friendship The Story of Winifred Holtby

Author: Vera Brittain, Mark Bostridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/03/2012

In her bestselling first volume of autobiography, Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain passionately recorded the agonising years of the First World War, lamenting the destruction of a generation which for her included those she most dearly loved - her lover, her brother, her closest friends. In Testament of Friendship Brittain tells the story of the woman who helped her survive those tragic years - the writer Winifred Holtby. They met at Somerville College, Oxford, immediately after the war and their friendship continued through Vera's marriage and their separate but parallel writing careers until Winifred's untimely death at the age of thirty-seven.When she died her fame as a writer was about to reach its peak with the publication of her greatest novel, South Riding. A moving record of a friendship between two women of courage, determination and intelligence, and a wonderful portrait of a lifelong love, Testament of Friendship now takes its rightful place as a Virago Modern Classic, with a new introduction by Mark Bostridge.

Because You Died Poetry and Prose of the First World War and After

Because You Died Poetry and Prose of the First World War and After

Author: Vera Brittain Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/2010

This collection of Vera Brittain's poetry and prose, some of it never published before, commemorates the men she loved - fiance, brother and two close friends - who served and died in the First World War. It draws on her experiences as a VAD nurse in London, Malta, and France, and illustrates her growing conviction of the wickedness of all war.Illustrated with many extraordinary photographs from Brittain's own albums, and edited with a new introduction by Mark Bostridge, BECAUSE YOU DIED is an elegy to men who lost their lives in a bloody conflict, and a beautiful volume of remembrance to mark the anniversary of the Armistice.

England's Hour

England's Hour

Author: Vera Brittain Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2005

First published at the height of the Second World War, England's Hour is Vera Brittain's account of the grim, desperate but often inspiring years, 1939-41. As Testament of Youth movingly showed, the First World War was to haunt Vera Brittain and when war was again declared on Germany in 1939, she feared the worst. But although during these years much was to be endured by the British, much was also to be gained. This spirit of determination is vividly captured by Vera Brittain as she describes her own personal experiences set against the dramatic events of the early war years, events like the Battle of Britain and the London Blitz which were to become a part of history as England's Hour .

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

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

Author: Vera Brittain, Shirley Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/1978

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.

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