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Brittain, Vera
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Brittain, Vera

(December 29, 1893, Newcastle-under-Lyme – March 29, 1970, London), English writer. Brittain became particularly well-known through her memoir Testament of Youth (1933), which was based on her correspondence with her younger brother Edward, her fiancé Roland Leighton and other friends, as well as her own diaries from the time of the First World War. Already a student at Somerville College (Oxford) at the beginning of the war, she decided to go to France, Malta, and London first to work as a Voluntary A…

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Reimann, Aribert, “Brittain, Vera”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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