Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth
Author: Vera Brittain
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2009-07-16
ISBN: 0297859145
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Testament of Youth Book Excerpt:

'A haunting elegy for a lost generation' THE TIMES This classic memoir of the First World War - including an afterword by Kate Mosse OBE. 'Sublimely moving... this is a truly great book' DAILY MAIL 'A heartbreaking account of the impact of the First World War' SUNDAY TIMES 'Vera Brittain's heart-rending account of the way her generation's lives changed is still as shocking and moving as ever' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH STELLA MAGAZINE 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 YOUTH, one of the most famous autobiographies of the First World War, is Brittain's account of how she survived those agonising years; 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, and has lost none of its power to shock, move and enthral readers since its first publication in 1933.

Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth
Author: Vera Brittain,Mark Bostridge
Publsiher: Prabhat Prakashan
Total Pages: 664
Release: 1979-01-01
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Testament of Youth Book Excerpt:

F or nearly a decade I have wanted, with a growing sense of urgency, to write something which would show what the whole War and post-war period — roughly, from the years leading up to 1914 until about 1935 — has meant to the men and women of my generation, the generation of those boys and girls who grewupjust before the War broke out. Iwanted to give too, if I could, an impression of the changes which that period brought about in the minds and lives of very different groups of individuals belonging to the large section of middle-class society from which my own family comes.

Vera Brittain and the First World War

Vera Brittain and the First World War
Author: Mark Bostridge
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2014-12-04
ISBN: 1408188465
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Vera Brittain and the First World War Book Excerpt:

Vera Brittain and the First World War tells the remarkable story of the author behind Testament of Youth whilst charting the book's ascent to become one of the most loved memoirs of the First World War period. Such interest is set to expand even more in this centenary year of the war's outbreak. In the midst of her studies at Oxford when war broke out across Europe, Vera Brittain left university in 1915 to become a V.A.D (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurse, treating soldiers in London, Malta and Etaples in France. The events of the First World War were to have an enormous impact on her life. Four of Brittain's closest friends including her fiancé Roland Leighton and her brother Edward Brittain MC were killed in action, sparking a lifelong commitment to pacifism. In 1933 she published Testament of Youth, the first of three books dealing with her experience of war. In equal measures courageous, tragic and deeply fascinating, Testament of Youth is one of the most compelling and important works of war literature ever to have been written by a British woman. Mark Bostridge's Vera Brittain and the First World War, published to coincide with the film of Testament of Youth, explores the effects of the First World War on Vera Brittain, both in terms of her personal life and in terms of its effect on her development as a writer and her eventual decision to become a pacifist. Taking advantage of the interest generated by the film, it will bring her story to a new generation and incorporate the most up-to-date research. It will also include a short essay 'From Book to Film', describing the process of turning Testament of Youth into a major feature film. This will include interviews with the production staff and actors, as well as with members of Vera Brittain's family, including Shirley Williams. The film, which has been scripted by Juliette Towhidi and is being produced by BBC Films and Heyday Films, the makers of Harry Potter, is currently in production. Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) stars as Brittain, with Kit Harington (Game of Thrones, Pompeii) playing her fiancé Roland Leighton.

Gender and Warfare in the Twentieth Century

Gender and Warfare in the Twentieth Century
Author: Angela K. Smith
Publsiher: Manchester University Press
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2004
ISBN: 9780719065743
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gender and Warfare in the Twentieth Century Book Excerpt:

Spanning the 20th century, this collection of accessible and very readable essays explores the ways in which men and women have both represented warfare, and represented themselves as participants in warfare.

Nurse Writers of the Great War

Nurse Writers of the Great War
Author: Christine Hallett
Publsiher: Manchester University Press
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2016-02-15
ISBN: 1784996327
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nurse Writers of the Great War Book Excerpt:

This electronic version has been made available under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) open access license. The First World War was the first ‘total war’. Its industrial weaponry damaged millions of men and drove whole armies underground into dangerously unhealthy trenches. Many were killed. Many more suffered terrible, life-threatening injuries: wound infections such as gas gangrene and tetanus, exposure to extremes of temperature, emotional trauma and systemic disease. In an effort to alleviate this suffering, tens of thousands of women volunteered to serve as nurses. Of these, some were experienced professionals, while others had undergone only minimal training. But regardless of their preparation, they would all gain a unique understanding of the conditions of industrial warfare. Until recently their contributions, both to the saving of lives and to our understanding of warfare, have remained largely hidden from view. By combining biographical research with textual analysis, Nurse writers of the great war opens a window onto their insights into the nature of nursing and the impact of warfare.

Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth
Author: Vera Brittain
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 676
Release: 1933
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Nurses
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Self portraits

Self portraits
Author: Andrea Peterson
Publsiher: Peter Lang
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2006
ISBN: 9783039102587
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Self portraits Book Excerpt:

In 1915 Vera Brittain began to wonder whether it was possible to 'make a book out of the very essence of one's self'. In this study, the author moves away from Brittain's already well-documented political passions - socialism, feminism and pacifism - to discuss her enduring fascination with philosophy and the problems surrounding the literary representation of subjectivity. Using the psychoanalytical, philosophical and literary theories known to Brittain as well as some more recent and pertinent theoretical developments, the author examines not only Brittain's explicitly autobiographical writings, but also all of her published novels, The Dark Tide (1923), Not Without Honour (1924), Honourable Estate (1936), Account Rendered (1945) and Born 1925 (1948). This insightful and accessible book details Brittain's innovative writing methods and re-evaluates her contribution to the development of the novel during the early twentieth century. The author offers a new and interesting perspective on one of the most popular writers of the First World War.

English Literature

English Literature
Author: Steven Croft
Publsiher: Letts and Lonsdale
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2004-07
ISBN: 9781843154402
Category: English literature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

English Literature Book Excerpt:

These New editions of the successful, highly-illustrated study/revision guides have been fully updated to meet the latest specification changes. Written by experienced examiners, they contain in-depth coverage of the key information plus hints, tips and guidance about how to achieve top grades in the A2 exams.

Inside Out

Inside Out
Author: Teresa Gómez Reus,Aránzazu Usandizaga
Publsiher: Rodopi
Total Pages: 364
Release: 2008
ISBN: 9042024410
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Inside Out Book Excerpt:

The incursions of women into areas from which they had been traditionally excluded, together with the literary representations of their attempts to negotiate, subvert and appropriate these forbidden spaces, is the underlying theme that unites this collection of essays. Here scholars from Australia, Greece, Great Britain, Spain, Switzerland and the United States reconsider the well-entrenched assumptions associated with the public/private distinction, working with the notions of public and private spheres while testing their currency and exploring their blurred edges. The essays cover and uncover a rich variety of spaces, from the slums and court-rooms of London to the American wilderness, from the Victorian drawing-room and sick-room to out of the ordinary places like Turkish baths and the trenches of the First World War. Where previous studies have tended to focus on a single aspect of women's engagement with space, this edited book reveals a plethora of subtle and tenacious strategies found in a variety of discourses that include fiction, poetry, diaries, letters, essays and journalism. Inside Out goes beyond the early work on artistic explorations of gendered space to explore the breadth of the field and its theoretical implications.

Handbook of British Literature and Culture of the First World War

Handbook of British Literature and Culture of the First World War
Author: Ralf Schneider,Jane Potter
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 540
Release: 2021-09-20
ISBN: 3110422557
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of British Literature and Culture of the First World War Book Excerpt:

The First World War has given rise to a multifaceted cultural production like no other historical event. This handbook surveys British literature and film about the war from 1914 until today. The continuing interest in World War I highlights the interdependence of war experience, the imaginative re-creation of that experience in writing, and individual as well as collective memory. In the first part of the handbook, the major genres of war writing and film are addressed, including of course poetry and the novel, but also the short story; furthermore, it is shown how our conception of the Great War is broadened when looked at from the perspective of gender studies and post-colonial criticism. The chapters in the second part present close readings of important contributions to the literary and filmic representation of World War I in Great Britain. All in all, the contributions demonstrate how the opposing forces of focusing and canon-formation on the one hand, and broadening and revision of the canon on the other, have characterised British literature and culture of the First World War.

Publishers Readers and the Great War

Publishers  Readers and the Great War
Author: Vincent Trott
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2017-10-05
ISBN: 1474291503
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Publishers Readers and the Great War Book Excerpt:

Literature is at the heart of popular understandings of the First World War in Britain, and has perpetuated a popular memory of the conflict centred on disillusionment, horror and futility. This book examines how and why literature has had this impact, exploring the role played by authors, publishers and readers in constructing the memory of the war since 1918. It demonstrates that publishers were as influential as authors in shaping perceptions of the conflict, and it provides a detailed analysis of critical and popular responses to war books, tracing the evolution of readers' attitudes to the war between 1918 and 2014. By exploring the cultural legacy of the war from these two previously overlooked perspectives, Vincent Trott offers fresh insights regarding the emergence of a collective memory of the First World War in Britain. Drawing on a broad range of primary source material, including publishers' correspondence, dust jackets, adverts, book reviews and diary entries, and examining canonical authors such as Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and Vera Brittain alongside long-forgotten texts and more recent autobiographical works by Harry Patch and Henry Allingham, Publishers, Readers and the Great War provides a rich and nuanced analysis of the climate within which First World War literature was written, published and received since 1918.

Between Friends

Between Friends
Author: Elaine Showalter,English Showalter
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 285
Release: 2022-11-03
ISBN: 034901227X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Between Friends Book Excerpt:

These fascinating letters between Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby tell the story of an extraordinary friendship. A literary relationship that began when the women met at Somerville College, Oxford, in 1919, it lasted until Winifred's early death at the age of thirty-seven. The letters, written from 1920 to 1935, kept them 'continuously together', and show us the life of two pioneers who wished to make their mark as writers and campaigners. Each encouraged and advised the other. However, there were periods when they were literary rivals. Winifred landed a book deal first; Vera produced an international bestseller with Testament of Youth; and the letters show them negotiating envy and self-doubt. It was at times an uneven relationship: Vera, more than four years older, was married and had two children during this period, while Winifred, a single woman with an adventurous spirit, travelled and made a wide range of friends. As the heroine of her novel South Riding says, 'I was born to be a spinster and by God, I'm going to spin!' Vera decisively influenced Winifred's passion for feminism and peace; 'You made me,' Winifred told her. In turn, Winifred, who took care of Vera's children and placated her husband, gave Vera crucial intellectual and emotional support, fiercely believing in her literary gifts. A portrait of the inter-war years and a dramatic, touching and ultimately tragic story, the letters have the hallmarks of honest female friendship: not without friction and with its own delicate co-dependency, but life-changing for them both.

British Identity in World War I

British Identity in World War I
Author: Mary K. Laurents
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2020-12-10
ISBN: 1793617430
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

British Identity in World War I Book Excerpt:

This book analyzes the development of the Lost Generation narrative following the First World War. The author examines narratives that illustrate the fracture of upper-class identity, including well-known examples of the Lost Generation—Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon, and Vera Brittain—as well as other less typical cases—George Mallory and JRR Tolkien—to demonstrate the effects of the First World War on British society, culture, and politics.

Winifred Holtby A Woman In Her Time

Winifred Holtby     A Woman In Her Time
Author: Lisa Regan
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 265
Release: 2009-12-14
ISBN: 1443818240
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Winifred Holtby A Woman In Her Time Book Excerpt:

Winifred Holtby, “A Woman In Her Time”: Critical Essays brings together for the first time a range of scholarly perspectives on one of Britain’s best-loved regional authors. Remembered for her vivid portrayal of 1930s rural Yorkshire in her final novel, South Riding (1936) and for her friendship with Vera Brittain, Winifred Holtby (1898-1935) has become a key figure for those interested in British literature, politics, and culture between the wars. Epitomising the professional independence and political passion which we have come to associate with the newly emancipated women of her era, Holtby’s was a life devoted to myriad causes and directed to the pressing issues of her day. With fresh perspectives on Holtby’s better known novels alongside new critical forays into her short stories, drama, journalism, and historical writing, Winifred Holtby, “A Woman In Her Time” sheds new light on a woman who not only spoke out in support of feminism, peace, and racial equality at a time when fascism and war loomed, but who also shared with us her views on a wide spectrum of topical concerns from Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, H. G. Wells, psychology, spinsters, mothers, and the B.B.C., to her delight in clothes, films, and village gossip.

Chronicle of Youth

Chronicle of Youth
Author: Vera Brittain,Alan Bishop
Publsiher: William Morrow
Total Pages: 382
Release: 1982
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Authors, English
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chronicle of Youth Book Excerpt:

Contains primary source material.

Testament of Friendship

Testament of Friendship
Author: Vera Brittain
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2012-03-22
ISBN: 1405515554
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Testament of Friendship Book Excerpt:

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.

Encyclopedia of Life Writing

Encyclopedia of Life Writing
Author: Margaretta Jolly
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 1141
Release: 2013-12-04
ISBN: 1136787445
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of Life Writing Book Excerpt:

This is the first substantial reference work in English on the various forms that constitute "life writing." As this term suggests, the Encyclopedia explores not only autobiography and biography proper, but also letters, diaries, memoirs, family histories, case histories, and other ways in which individual lives have been recorded and structured. It includes entries on genres and subgenres, national and regional traditions from around the world, and important auto-biographical writers, as well as articles on related areas such as oral history, anthropology, testimonies, and the representation of life stories in non-verbal art forms.

Women s Autobiography

Women s Autobiography
Author: V. Stewart
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2003-09-16
ISBN: 0230513794
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Women s Autobiography Book Excerpt:

Examining a range of twentieth century writers, including Vera Brittain, Anne Frank and Eva Hoffman, this study focuses on how recent theories of trauma can elucidate the narrative strategies employed in their autobiographical writing. The historical circumstances of each author are also considered. The result is a book which provides a vivid sense of how women writers have attempted to encompass key events of the twentieth century, particularly the First World War and the Holocaust, within their life stories.

The Great War

The Great War
Author: Dan Todman
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2014-03-04
ISBN: 0826467288
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Great War Book Excerpt:

The First World War, with its mud and the slaughter of the trenches, is often taken as the ultimate example of the futility of war. Generals, safe in their headquarters behind the lines, sent millions of men to their deaths to gain a few hundred yards of ground. Writers, notably Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, provided unforgettable images of the idiocy and tragedy of the war. Yet this vision of the war is at best a partial one, the war only achieving its status as the worst of wars in the last thirty years. At the time, the war aroused emotions of pride and patriotism. Not everyone involved remembered the war only for its miseries. The generals were often highly professional and indeed won the war in 1918. In this original and challenging book, Dan Todman shows views of the war have changed over the last ninety years and how a distorted image of it emerged and became dominant.

The Generation of 1914

The Generation of 1914
Author: Robert WOHL,Robert Wohl
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 351
Release: 2009-06-30
ISBN: 0674045300
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Generation of 1914 Book Excerpt:

A study of the generation of French, German, English, Spanish, and Italian young men who fought in World War I.