Vera Brittain Georgiana G. Stevens - Essay

Georgiana G. Stevens

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Intended as a companion volume to "Testament of Youth," Vera Brittain's ["Honourable Estate"] is, as might be expected, a novel of ideas. It tells the story of three marriages and covers the period between 1894 and 1930. Considered separately, each marriage represents a phase in the struggle of women for political and moral suffrage….

The title, "Honourable Estate," also has a symbolical meaning. It refers here not only to marriage but, in a wider sense, to the status of women and workers whose strivings for recognition and dignity are the real subject of this book. In a short foreword the author explains that her title has a still further significance. It represents for her that maturity of spirit...

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