Vera Brittain Biography
Birthday: December 29, 1893 (Capricorn)
Born In: Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, England
Vera Brittain was an English writer, pacifist, and feminist. Her most notable work was the ‘Testament of Youth,’ a memoir, which she wrote on account of her experiences during World War I. She worked as a Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse after dropping out of the Somerville College at Oxford during World War I. The war affected Brittain significantly. She lost her brother, fiancé, and two close friends to the conflict. The ‘Testament of Youth’ documented her experiences as a nurse during this period. It depicted how her idealism had started to fade after witnessing the realities of war. The jingoism, which was prevalent in both sides of the war, the condition of the wounded people, and the existence of a patriarchal society, all shaped Vera Brittain’s personality, and were reflected in her works. After the war, Brittain returned to Oxford but struggled to adjust to the normal life. Vera Brittain was also an active member of the Peace Pledge Union. During World War II, she spoke out against the saturation bombing conducted by the allies on Germany. She was widely criticized for this action, but she stood firm and decided to spread awareness about the evils of war.