Testament of Youth. An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925. Vera BRITTAIN.

Testament of Youth. An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925.

London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. 1933. First edition. 8vo. 661, (3) pp. Recent black full calf, spine with raised bands, gilt lettered direct to two compartments, all edges gilt. An excellent copy. The first instalment of the author's momentous memoirs, covering her later childhood and, most significantly, her experiences as a woman and a nurse in the First World War and growing disillusionment on her return to Britain. Brittain felt compelled to write about the war and her "depleted generation" having lost her brother Edward and his friend (and her first love) Roland Leighton. The pair were killed in action and the book is dedicated to their memory. At first she set out to write a novel, but when this turned out to be a "hopeless failure" she set about writing a more veiled account of her experience with fictionalised names to protect the feelings of those who had survived. This too lacked the profundity and veracity that she sought, so she finally decided to write as true a personal account as she could using her diaries and old letters. In doing so, she felt she could "put the life of an ordinary individual into its niche in contemporary history" Item #31374

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