Vera Brittain

(1893-1970 / England)

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Vera Mary Brittain (29 December 1893 – 29 March 1970) was an English writer, feminist and pacifist, best remembered as the author of the best-selling 1933 memoir Testament of Youth, recounting her experiences during World War I and the beginning of her journey towards pacifism.

Born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Brittain was the daughter of a well-to-do family that owned paper mills in ... more »

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  • ''Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity.''
    Vera Brittain (1896-1970), British author, pacifist. The Rebel Passion, ch. 1 (1964).
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To My Brother (In Memory Of July 1st, 1916)

Your battle-wounds are scars upon my heart,
Received when in that grand and tragic 'show'
You played your part,
Two years ago,

And silver in the summer morning sun
I see the symbol of your courage glow --
That Cross you won
Two years ago.

Though now again you watch the shrapnel fly,
And hear the guns that daily louder grow,
As in July
Two years ago.

May you endure to lead the Last Advance
And with your men pursue the flying foe
As once in France
Two years ago.

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