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Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth

(1960)
An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925
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When war broke out in August 1914, 21-year-old Vera Brittain was planning on enrolling at Somerville College, Oxford. Her father told her she wouldn't be able to go: "In a few months' time we should probably all find ourselves in the Workhouse!" he opined. Brittain had hoped to escape the Northern provinces, but the war seemingly dashed her plans. "It is not, perhaps, so very surprising that the War at first seemed to me an infuriating personal interruption rather than a world-wide catastrophe."

Her father eventually relented, however, and she was allowed to attend. By the end of her first year, she had fallen in love with a young soldier and resolved to become active in the war effort by volunteering as a nurse--turning her back on what she called her "provincial young-ladyhood." Brittain suffered through 12-hour days by reminding herself that nothing she endured was worse than what her fiancé, Roland, experienced in the trenches. Roland was expected home on leave for Christmas 1915; on December 26, Brittain received news that he had been killed at the front. Ten months later Brittain herself was sent to Malta and then to France to serve in the hospitals nearer the front, where she witnessed firsthand the horrors of battle. When peace finally came, Brittain had also lost her brother Edward and two close friends. As she walked the streets of London on November 11, 1918--Armistice Day--she felt alone in the crowds:

For the first time I realised, with all that full realisation meant, how completely everything that had hitherto made up my life had vanished with Edward and Roland, with Victor and Geoffrey. The War was over; a new age was beginning; but the dead were dead and would never return.


First published in 1933, Testament of Youth established Brittain as one of the best-loved authors of her time. Her crisp, clear prose and searing honesty make this unsentimental memoir of a generation scarred by war a classic. --Sunny Delaney

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2014 : UK Hardback
Title: Testament of Youth
Author(s): Vera Brittain
ISBN: 1-78022-659-4 / 978-1-78022-659-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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May 2009 : UK Hardback
Title: Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925
Author(s): Vera Brittain
ISBN: 0-297-85831-9 / 978-0-297-85831-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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November 1980 : USA Hardback
Title: Testament of Youth
Author(s): Vera Brittain
ISBN: 0-87223-671-4 / 978-0-87223-671-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group, The
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January 1979 : UK Hardback
Title: Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925
Author(s): Vera Brittain
ISBN: 0-575-02467-4 / 978-0-575-02467-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: Testament of Youth (Movie Tie-In)
Author(s): Vera Brittain
ISBN: 0-14-310838-7 / 978-0-14-310838-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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November 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: Testament Of Youth: Film Tie In (VMC)
Author(s): Vera Brittain
ISBN: 0-349-00592-3 / 978-0-349-00592-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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1978 : UK Paperback
Title: Testament Of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925 (Virago classic non-fiction)
Author(s): Vera Brittain
ISBN: 0-86068-035-5 / 978-0-86068-035-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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May 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: Testament of Youth (Penguin Classics)
Author(s): Vera Brittain
ISBN: 0-14-303923-7 / 978-0-14-303923-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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September 1994 : UK Mass Market Paperback
Title: Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925 (Penguin Classics)
Author(s): Vera Brittain
ISBN: 0-14-018844-4 / 978-0-14-018844-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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August 1989 : UK Paperback
Title: Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925
Author(s): Vera Brittain
ISBN: 0-14-012251-6 / 978-0-14-012251-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin USA (P)
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November 1980 : USA Paperback
Title: Testament of Youth
Author(s): Vera Brittain
ISBN: 0-87223-672-2 / 978-0-87223-672-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wideview Books
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October 1979 : UK Paperback
Title: Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925
Author(s): Vera Brittain
ISBN: 0-00-635703-2 / 978-0-00-635703-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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1978 : UK Paperback
Title: Testament of Youth
Author(s): Vera Brittain
ISBN: 1-85381-930-1 / 978-1-85381-930-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago Modern Classics / Virago Press Ltd
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Audio Editions

January 2016 : USA Audio edition
Title: Testament of Youth
Author(s): Vera Brittain
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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January 2016 : UK Audio edition
Title: Testament of Youth
Author(s): Vera Brittain
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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December 1998 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Testament of Youth: Complete & Unabridged: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925
Author(s): Vera Brittain
ISBN: 0-7531-0461-X / 978-0-7531-0461-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Gold Audio Books
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October 1995 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925 (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
Author(s): Vera Brittain
ISBN: 0-14-086159-9 / 978-0-14-086159-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

July 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Testament Of Youth: An Autobiographical Study Of The Years 1900-1925
Author(s): Vera Brittain
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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July 2009 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study Of The Years 1900-1925 (VMC Book 2116)
Author(s): Vera Brittain
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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