Vera Brittain Mary Scrutton - Essay

Mary Scrutton

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

There are times when an author is injured by being persistently connected with an early best-seller. This is not one of them. Vera Brittain makes it plain in every line of [Testament of Experience], from the title onwards, that she is still the author of Testament of Youth…. Testament of Experience makes an effect of prolonged anti-climax. It is an amiable, miscellaneous sort of book, much, much too long and stuffed with dull quotations. It tells the story of her busy, distracted but on the whole satisfying life since her marriage, a life which has no particular form because it is merely a coda to her youth. It is mixed up with chatty extracts from world affairs…. There are flowers of shrewd...

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