Letters from a lost generation pdf
Letters from a Lost Generation: First World War Letters of Vera Brittain and Four Friends by Mark BostridgeThis poignant work collects correspondence 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 all killed in action during World War I.
The correspondence presents 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 important historical insights by illuminating both male and female perspectives and allow the reader to witness and understand the Great War from a variety of viewpoints, including those of the soldier in the trenches, the volunteer nurse in military hospitals, and even the civilian population on the home front. As Brittain wrote to Roland Leighton in 1915, shortly after he arrived on the Western Front: Nothing in the papers, not the most vivid and heartbreaking descriptions, have made me realize war like your letters.
Yet this collection is, above all, a dramatic account of idealism, disillusionment, and personal tragedy as revealed by the voices of four talented schoolboys who went almost immediately from public school in Britain to the battlefields of France, Belgium, and Italy. Linking each of their compelling stories is the passionate and eloquent voice of Vera Brittain, who gave up her own studies to enlist in the armed services as a nurse.
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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Vera Brittain and the First World War
Testament of Youth is the first instalment, covering —, in the memoir of Vera Brittain — It was published in Brittain's memoir continues with Testament of Experience , published in , and encompassing the years — Between these two books comes Testament of Friendship published in , which is essentially a memoir of Brittain's close colleague and friend Winifred Holtby. A final segment of memoir, to be called Testament of Faith or Testament of Time , was planned by Brittain but remained unfinished at her death.
Buy from other retailers. Please note that ebooks are subject to tax and the final price may vary depending on your country of residence. 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 to become a V. The events of the First World War were to have an enormous impact on her life.
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Vera Brittain: Testament of Youth. An Autobiographical Study of the Years Virago, London first published in Vera Brittain: War Diary Chronicle of Youth. Edited by Alan Bishop with Terry Smart.
The correspondence between Vera Brittain and Roland Leighton are a powerful insight into personal experiences during the First World War. Within this post I will be analysing one of the letters contained in Letters from a Lost Generation. The collection as a whole is a powerful read but I have condensed my focus to the one letter dated 25th April where I analyse the shift in gender roles that took place during the war period. Leighton was stationed in France, corresponding with Brittain from the trenches. During this period there was a definite divide occurring between the genders and their positions within society were shifting. The war opened jobs and wages for the females left at home providing a sense of liberation. To expand this gap, men were coming back from the war shell-shocked or with a jaded opinion of woman.
Is it combat? Is it the horror of the front line? The letters may counter some prevalent assumptions about the letters of ordinary men. Mark Hewitson agrees that ordinary routine is not addressed in letters My contention is that not only is everyday life on the front lines a part of letters home, but it is an integral aspect of writing because it signals a way of creating the ordinary within the midst of the extraordinary experience of combat. Unable to display preview.