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From her university days before the First World War, Vera Brittain was determined to be a writer. Her career as a novelist never fulfilled her own expectations; it was not until the publication of Testament of Youth, the first of her volumes combining autobiography with social and cultural history, that she achieved significant success. She also wrote both poetry and pamphlets. Much of her oeuvre is politically engaged, from her feminist journalism and social criticism of the 1920s to her pacifist writings of World War II.
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29 December 1893 VB was born at home at Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
1968 VB published her last book, Radclyffe Hall: A Case of Obscenity?, an account of the Well of Loneliness obscenity trial commissioned by Muriel Box for her publishing company Femina Books. Bibliographic Citation link.
29 March 1970 VB died at Wimbledon of cerebral vascular disease. Bibliographic Citation link.
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