Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth


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Essay #: 051655
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The beginning:
Vera Brittain’s
Testament of Youth:
A Book Report
     Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925 was written by Vera Brittain and was originally published in Great Britain in 1933.  Subsequent editions of her book have been published over the years, the most recent of which was a hardcover edition published by Penguin Classics in 1994.   It has become a modern classic and was broadcast in miniseries form by the British Broadcasting Company in Great Britain and appeared as well on the Public Broadcasting System’s Masterpiece Theatre in the United States.
The War Experiences of Vera Brittain
     Reading and analyzing the autobiographical narrative in Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth...
The end:
.....e changed her into a “modern” type of woman.  
     When the war began she was an innocent, idealistic and patriotic young woman, but by the end of the war her traits and views of her country and the world had changed because of the grief and disillusionment that Vera and so many members of her generation experienced because of four long years or horror and carnage on the Western Front.  Testament of Youth helped to shape social and political views of the first World War in the years that followed, but its theme and message are timeless, for it speaks to every generation that must endure the trauma of war. 
       Brittain, Vera.  Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925.  New York: Penguin Classics, 1994.