Letters from a Lost Generation : First World War Letters of Vera Brittain and Four Friends Paperback
Edited by Alan Bishop, Mark Bostridge
Nothing in the papers, not the most vivid and heart-rending descriptions, have made me realise war like your letters' Vera Brittain to Roland Leighton, 17 April 1915. This selection of letters, written between 1913 & 1918, between Vera Brittain and four young men - her fiance Roland Leighton, her brother Edward and their close friends Victor Richardson & Geoffrey Thurlow present a remarkable and profoundly moving portrait of five young people caught up in the cataclysm of total war. Roland, 'Monseigneur', is the 'leader' & his letters most clearly trace the path leading from idealism to disillusionment.
Edward, ' Immaculate of the Trenches', was orderly & controlled, down even to his attire.
Geoffrey, the 'non-militarist at heart' had not rushed to enlist but put aside his objections to the war for patriotism's sake.
Victor on the other hand, possessed a very sweet character and was known as 'Father Confessor'.
An important historical testimony telling a powerful story of idealism, disillusionment and personal tragedy.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages, Section: 8, b/w pix
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 06/11/2008
- Category: Diaries, letters & journals
- ISBN: 9781844085705