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Because You Died: Poetry and Prose of the First World War and After

Vera Brittain

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Prose: non-fiction, History

A collection of poetry and essays on war by one of the most prominent women writers from that period, author of the famous TESTAMENT OF YOUTH.

This collection of Vera Brittain s poetry and prose, some of it never published before, commemorates the men she loved - fiance, brother and two close friends - who served and died in the First World War. It draws on her experiences as a VAD nurse in London, Malta, and France, and illustrates her growing conviction of the wickedness of all war.

Illustrated with many extraordinary photographs from Brittain s own albums, and edited with a new introduction by Mark Bostridge, BECAUSE YOU DIED is an elegy to men who lost their lives in a bloody conflict, and a beautiful volume of remembrance to mark the anniversary of the Armistice.

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Vera Brittain

Vera Brittain (1893-1970) grew up in the north of England. At the end of the war she moved to Oxford where she met Winifred Holtby, author of SOUTH RIDING.

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