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Letters From A Lost Generation

by Mark Bostridge

Letters From A Lost Generation Synopsis

Nothing in the papers, not the most vivid and heart-rending descriptions, have made me realise war like your letters' Vera Brittain to Roland Leighton, 17 April 1915. This selection of letters, written between 1913 & 1918, between Vera Brittain and four young men - her fiance Roland Leighton, her brother Edward and their close friends Victor Richardson & Geoffrey Thurlow present a remarkable and profoundly moving portrait of five young people caught up in the cataclysm of total war. Roland, 'Monseigneur', is the 'leader' & his letters most clearly trace the path leading from idealism to disillusionment. Edward, ' Immaculate of the Trenches', was orderly & controlled, down even to his attire. Geoffrey, the 'non-militarist at heart' had not rushed to enlist but put aside his objections to the war for patriotism's sake. Victor on the other hand, possessed a very sweet character and was known as 'Father Confessor'. An important historical testimony telling a powerful story of idealism, disillusionment and personal tragedy.

Letters From A Lost Generation Press Reviews

Beautifully edited and with excellent notes. * TLS * Touching, angry, bewildered...they demand to be read * MAIL ON SUNDAY * Immensely moving...As the first world war slips out of living memory, this is a timely reminder of what was lost - and how we lost it * SUNDAY TIMES * Unique...a remarkable portrait of five young people caught up in the cataclysm of war * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781844085705
Publication date: 6th November 2008
Author: Mark Bostridge
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 448 pages
Categories: Diaries, letters & journals, First World War,

About Mark Bostridge

Mark Bostridge is the co-author of Vera Brittain: A Life (Chatto & Windus 1995), which was shortlisted for several prizes. Alan Bishop is Professor of English at McMaster University in Ontario and has edited three volumes of Vera Brittain's diaries.

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