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Brittain, Vera

Brittain, Vera

This catalogue has books by and about Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby.

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Brittain, Vera

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1 750 Brittain, Vera Chronicle Of Youth : The War Diary 1913-1917
Hardcover Morrow: New York; 1981; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
Photographs; 382 pages; Corners bumped, dust wrapper slightly edgeworn, tan back lightly soiled. A nice copy.; Preface by Clare Leighton, author, artist, and sister of VB's fiance, Roland. This is the diary that VB used as the basis for Testament of Youth, she wanted the diary to be published as well but it was not published until this edition.'  
Price: 22.50 USD
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2 7157 BRITTAIN, Vera Chronicle of Youth : The War Diary 1913-1917
Softcover; Trade PB Phoenix Press: London; c1981,2000; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 382 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good 
Covers lightly edgeworn, no spine creases, back cover and page edges lightly soiled.; Preface by Clare Leighton, author, artist and sister of VB's fiance, Roland. This is the diary that VB used as the basis for "Testament of Youth", she wanted the diary to be published as well but it was not published until 1981. Recommended.; This author is one of Lyn B.'s favourites. Lyn B. is the author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and a member of the DES email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 13.95 USD
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3 7365 BRITTAIN, Vera Honourable Estate : a Novel of Transition
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: London; c1936, 2000; Reprint 587 pages Very Good 
Spine and cover creases, faint edgewear, page edges yellowed as is common with Virago editions.;

The story of three marriages during the years 1890-1930, a time of great social change. The title refers to 'holy matrimony' as well as the changing status of women. This edition has an introduction by Mark Bostridge, one of VB's authorised biographers.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.95 USD

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4 757 Brittain, Vera Testament of Experience : an Autobiographical Story of the Years 1925-1950
Hardcover Victor Gollancz: London; 1957; First British Edition Very Good+ in Good+ dust wrapper  
480 pages; Paper browned as is common with this edition, spine head and tail bumped. Red cloth and gilt lettering still clean and bright. Yellow dust wrapper is clean but is quite thin and has chips at the spine and front. The largest is a 2 and 1/2" by 1 and 1/2" triangle missing from the top front; The third in the Testament trilogy, this book begins in 1925 with VB's marriage to G. (George Caitlin) . It tells the story of her success after the publication of Testament of Youth, her increasing involvement with the pacifist movement, and her experiences during World War II and it's aftermath.  
Price: 32.50 USD
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5 7196 BRITTAIN, Vera Testament of Experience : an Autobiographical Story of the Years 1925-1950
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; c1957, 1988; 480 pages Very Good 
Spine and cover creases, some edgewear. Page edges yellowed as is common with Virago editions; interior pages clean, none loose.; The third in the Testament trilogy, this book begins in 1925 with VB's marriage to G. (George Caitlin). It tells the story of her success after the publication of 'Testament of Youth', her increasing involvement with the pacifist movement, and her experiences during World War II and it's aftermath. This edition has an introduction by Paul Berry.; Recommended by Susan D. of the DES email discussion group. This author is highly recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 10.75 USD
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6 5391 BRITTAIN, Vera Testament of Friendship : The Story of Winifred Holtby
Softcover; Trade PB Wideview Books: NY; c1940, 1981; Reprint Very Good  
442 pages; Edgewear and rubbing, faint spine and cover creases, page edges faintly yellowed and lightly soiled.; Second in the 'Testament' trilogy, this is a tribute to VB's dear friend Winifred Holtby and the story of their friendship. They first met while attending Somerville College at Oxford after World War I. This edition has an introduction by Carolyn Heilbrun.  
Price: 9.50 USD
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7 7279 BRITTAIN, Vera Testament of Friendship : The Story of Winifred Holtby
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; c1940, 1992; Reprint 453 pages Very Good+ 
Second in the 'Testament' trilogy, this is a tribute to VB's dear friend Winifred Holtby and the story of their friendship. They first met while attending Somerville College at Oxford after World War I. This edition has an afterword by Rosalind Delmar.; A very nice copy with faint edgewear, white rear panel faintly soiled. Pages pale tan, edges a bit darker. ; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.75 USD
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8 7176 BRITTAIN, Vera Testament of Youth
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Seaview Books: New York; c1933,1980; Reprint 662 pages Good in Good+ dust wrapper 
Board edges lightly faded (seen before in this edition), spine ends lightly bumped, corners bumped, top corners reveal boards, light soil to boards. Inner hinge at pastedown and front endpaper reinforced with white tape, several ink underlinings and marks to text. Edgeworn and rubbed dust wrapper with aa few short closed tears and tiny chips. A reading copy.; This edition has a preface by VB's daughter, Shirley Williams, a British MP. A haunting and passionate autobiography, as well as a loving memorial, of life and people in England just before, during, and after World War I. The first of the author's Testament trilogy. Basis for the 1979 BBC and US Masterpiece Theatre mini series and the 2014 film. Highly recommended.; This title recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group.This author is one of her favourites. 'Iíve read it many times over the last 30 years & Iím always moved by it.' Image is actual copy on offer. Will not fit safely in an international mailing envelope. 
Price: 9.75 USD
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9 7228 BRITTAIN, Vera Testament of Youth
Softcover; Mass Market PB Fontana: London; c1933,1980; Reprint 661 pages Good 
This edition has a preface by VB's daughter, Shirley Williams, a British MP. A haunting and passionate autobiography, as well as a loving memorial, of life and people in England just before, during, and after World War I. The first of the author's Testament trilogy. Basis for the 1979 BBC and US Masterpiece Theatre mini series and the 2014 film. Highly recommended.; Spine creased, cover creased and edgeworn with tiny tears at spine ends. Pages pale brown (seen before in this edition), white covers have light soil; interior pages clean, none loose. Still from the 1979 BBC mini-series on front cover. A reading copy.; This title recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group.This author is one of her favourites. 'Iíve read it many times over the last 30 years & Iím always moved by it.' Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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10 6855 BRITTAIN] BERRY, Paul and Bishop, Alan, editors Testament of a Generation : The Journalism of Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; 1985; 390 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good 
Light spine creases and edgewear, small skinned area on back cover, yellowed pages as is common with Virago Press editions; pages clean, none loose. ; A collection of articles and reviews from publications such as the Manchester Guardian, the Daily Herald, and Time and Tide never before published in book form. Admirers of both Brittain and Holtby will enjoy this book. Recommended.; Cover matches sample image. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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11 6408 HOLTBY, Winifred Land of Green Ginger [Audio Cassettes]
Cassette; Audio Tape Isis Audio Books: Chicago, IL; c1928,1992; Very Good+ 
Holtby wrote this novel after a brief visit to South Africa. It is the tale of a young English woman, Joanna, who yearns to travel to exotic places. She marries a young man with whom she believes life will be a great adventure. It is, but not in the way she expected.; Ex-library audio cassettes with usual stamps and markings. No decorative case, eight cassettes in protective cases in cardboard library box. Complete and unabridged; read by Elizabeth Proud. ; MP3 conversion instructions available upon request. 
Price: 47.50 USD
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12 6820 HOLTBY, Winifred Poor Caroline
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin (Virago): NY; c1931,1986; Reprint 255 pages Very Good 
Covers lightly edgeworn and faintly creased, no spine creases. Pages pale brown with edges a bit darker as is common with Virago editions. A nice copy.; This delightful satire "was hailed as 'easily the wittiest novel of the season' upon its appearance in 1931." It was WH's fourth novel and her fortune as a novelist changed with its publication. "Caroline Denton-Smyth is an eccentric, remarkable for her vivid costumes trailing feathers, fancy beads and jingling lorgnettes." She creates the Christian Cenima Company, her vehicle for reform. Through Caroline's motley Board of Directors and their secret desires and motivations, the author affectionately observes the foilbles of human nature.; Cover matches sample image. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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13 5821 HOLTBY] SHAW, Marion Clear Stream, The: A Life of Winifred Holtby
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; c1999, 2000; 335 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good 
Spine ends bumped, light edgewear and cover creasing (shipping damage); looks unread. Pages yellowed as is common with Virago editions. A nice copy. ;

Explores the life of the gently-born British woman author who, after coming of age in the period between the world wars, campaigned for feminism, racial equality, and pacifism. The first biography written since the one done by her great friend Vera Brittain in 1940. It is interesting to compare with "Testament of Friendship".; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 13.50 USD

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14 5187 VON ARNIM] JOANNOU, Maroula ed. Women Writers of the 1930s : Gender, Politics and History
Softcover; Trade PB Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh; 1999; 224 pages Near Fine 
A new book with faint edgewear.; Sixteen essays on women writers of the liberal-left in the 1930s. Writers discussed include Elizabeth von Arnim, Elizabeth Bowen, Vera Brittain, Katherine Burdekin, Nancy Cunard, Storm Jameson, Rosamond Lehmann, Naomi Mitchison, Jean Rhys, Stevi Smith, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Rebecca West and Virginia Woolf. 
Price: 29.50 USD
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15 1405 WOOLF] HOLTBY, Winifred Virginia Woolf : A Critical Memoir
Softcover; Trade PB Academy Chicago Publishers: Chicago, IL; c1932, 1978; Very Good+  
206 pages; Very light edgewear, no spine creases, looks unread.; 'This critical memoir is of interest because it is the work of one intelligent novelist commenting upon another.'  
Price: 16.00 USD
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