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Letters from a lost generation : the First World War letters of Vera Brittain and four friends, Roland Leighton, Edward Brittain, Victor Richardson, Geoffrey Thurlow

Author: Vera Brittain; Alan Bishop; Mark Bostridge
Publisher: Boston : Northeastern University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This poignant work collects letters 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 killed in World War I. While this correspondence inspired Testament of Youth, Brittain's classic memoir of her wartime experiences, most of the letters are published here for the
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Personal narratives, British
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Brittain, Vera, 1893-1970.
Letters from a lost generation.
Boston : Northeastern University Press, 1999
(OCoLC)607206989
Named Person: Vera Brittain; Vera Brittain; Vera Brittain; Vera Brittain
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vera Brittain; Alan Bishop; Mark Bostridge
ISBN: 1555533795 9781555533793
OCLC Number: 39812084
Description: xix, 427 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Contents: 28 September 1913 - 29 July 1914 --
21 August 1914 - 1 April 1915 --
3 April 1915 - 26 August 1915 --
27 August 1915 - 26 December 1915 --
8 January 1916 - 17 September 1916 --
19 September 1916 - 19 December 1916 --
26 December 1916 - 11 June 1917 --
25 June 1917 - 24 June 1918.
Responsibility: edited by Alan Bishop and Mark Bostridge.
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This poignant work collects letters 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 killed in World War I. While this correspondence inspired Testament of Youth, Brittain's classic memoir of her wartime experiences, most of the letters are published here for the first time.

Taken together, the letters present 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 both male and female perspectives and reveal important historical insights by allowing the reader to witness and understand the Great War from a variety of viewpoints: that of the soldier in the trenches, of the volunteer nurse in military hospitals, and even of the civilians on the home front. 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.

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