Vera Brittain Introduction - Essay

Introduction

Vera (Mary) Brittain 1893?–1970

English novelist, autobiographer, essayist, and poet.

As a young nurse during World War I, Brittain was outraged by the inhumanity of war. A staunch proponent of pacifism and feminism, she advocated those causes in her best-selling books and in her lectures.

Brittain's notability derives from an autobiographical account of World War I, The Testament of Youth, recently televised. Her later books are usually measured unfavorably against this poignant antiwar memoir.

(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 15-16, Vols. 25-28, rev. ed. [obituary] and Contemporary Authors Permanent Series, Vol. 1.)