Vera Brittain

Vera Brittain


Born
in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, West Midlands, The United Kingdom
December 29, 1893

Died
March 29, 1970

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Vera Mary Brittain was a British writer and pacifist, best remembered as the author of the best-selling 1933 memoir Testament of Youth, recounting her experiences during World War I and the beginning of her journey towards pacifism.

Her daughter is Shirley Vivian Teresa Brittain Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby, who is a British politician and academic who represents the Liberal Democrats.


Average rating: 4.15 · 6,895 ratings · 787 reviews · 30 distinct worksSimilar authors
Testament of Youth

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4.17 avg rating — 5,980 ratings — published 1933 — 27 editions
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Testament of Friendship (Vi...

4.02 avg rating — 234 ratings — published 1940 — 8 editions
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Testament of Experience

3.97 avg rating — 173 ratings — published 1957 — 7 editions
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Chronicle of Youth: The War...

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4.24 avg rating — 156 ratings — published 1981 — 6 editions
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Because You Died: Poetry an...

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The Dark Tide

3.56 avg rating — 39 ratings — published 2000 — 4 editions
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England's Hour

3.77 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 1941 — 8 editions
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Honourable Estate

3.81 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 1936 — 2 editions
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Testament of a Generation: ...

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3.95 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 1985 — 2 editions
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Letters from a Lost Generat...

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More books by Vera Brittain…
“There is an abiding beauty which may be appreciated by those who will see things as they are and who will ask for no reward except to see.”
Vera Brittain

“There seemed to be nothing left in the world, for I felt that Roland had taken with him all my future and Edward all my past.”
Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth

“Perhaps ...
To R.A.L.

Perhaps some day the sun will shine again,
And I shall see that still the skies are blue,
And feel one more I do not live in vain,
Although bereft of you.

Perhaps the golden meadows at my feet,
Will make the sunny hours of spring seem gay,
And I shall find the white May-blossoms sweet,
Though You have passed away.

Perhaps the summer woods will shimmer bright,
And crimson roses once again be fair,
And autumn harvest fields a rich delight,
Although You are not there.

But though kind Time may many joys renew,
There is one greatest joy I shall not know
Again, because my heart for loss of You
Was broken, long ago.”
Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth

Polls

April 2018 New School Poll

 
  66 votes, 17.6%

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck, 181 pages, 1945
 
  47 votes, 12.5%

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, 240 pages, 1902
 
  34 votes, 9.0%

 
  34 votes, 9.0%

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, 233 pages, 1932
 
  29 votes, 7.7%

Blindness by José Saramago, 326 pages, 1995
 
  29 votes, 7.7%

 
  22 votes, 5.9%

Save Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald, 225 pages, 1932
 
  22 votes, 5.9%

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell, 232 pages, 1938
 
  21 votes, 5.6%

Native Son by Richard Wright, 504 pages, 1940
 
  19 votes, 5.1%

The Ambassadors by Henry James, 528 pages, 1903
 
  12 votes, 3.2%

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain, 688 pages, 1933
 
  11 votes, 2.9%

At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien, 239 pages, 1939
 
  10 votes, 2.7%

The Passion by Jeanette Winterson, 176 pages, 1987
 
  9 votes, 2.4%

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, 345 pages, 1974
 
  5 votes, 1.3%

 
  3 votes, 0.8%

Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe, 644 pages, 1929
 
  3 votes, 0.8%

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