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"Vera Brittain's far from bookish home contained, in addition to the yellow-back novels which formed the main staple o...Vera Brittain popular novelsPrint: Book
"Vera Brittain's far from bookish home contained, in addition to the yellow-back novels which formed the main staple o...Vera Brittain Household MedicinePrint: Book
"Vera Brittain's far from bookish home contained, in addition to the yellow-back novels which formed the main staple o...Vera Brittain The BiblePrint: Book
"Vera Brittain's far from bookish home contained, in addition to the yellow-back novels which formed the main staple o...Vera Brittain Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Book
"Vera Brittain's far from bookish home contained, in addition to the yellow-back novels which formed the main staple o...Vera Brittain George EliotAdam BedePrint: Book
1900-1945'Her encouragement even prevailed upon us to read the newspapers, which were then quite unusual adjuncts to teaching i...Vera Brittain newspapersPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'During Preparation one wild autumn evening in St Monica's gymnasium, when the wind shook the unsubstantial walls and ...Vera Brittain Percy Bysshe ShelleyAdonaisPrint: Unknown
1900-1945'Had I realised when I read it that its author was even then portentously engaged in rallying the anti-suffrage forces...Vera Brittain Mary WardRobert ElsmerePrint: Book
1900-1945'To Olive Schreiner's "Woman and Labour" - that "Bible of the Woman's Movement" which sounded to the world of 1911 as ...Vera Brittain Olive SchreinerWoman and LabourPrint: Book
1900-1945'Yet when the War broke out, I did not clearly understand what was meant by homosexuality, incest or sodomy, and was p...Vera Brittain Oscar WildeplaysPrint: Unknown
1900-1945'My desultory and totally unorganised reading of George Eliot, Thackeray, Mrs Gaskell, Carlyle, Emerson and Merejkowsk...Vera Brittain George EliotRomolaUnknown
1900-1945'During the next few weeks I spent a good many troubled, speculative, exciting hours with the little volume clasped in...Vera Brittain Olive SchreinerThe Story of an African FarmPrint: Book
1900-1945'In spite of my vague memories of the South African campaigns, Spion Kop and Magersfontein were hardly more real to me...Vera Brittain Andrew LangAndrew Lang's Fairy BooksPrint: Book
1900-1945'Uneasily I recalled a passage from Daniel Deronda that I had read in comfortable detachment the year before:'Vera Brittain George EliotDaniel DerondaPrint: Book
1900-1945'Perhaps, I thought, Wordsworth or Browning or Shelley would have some consolation to offer; all through the War poetr...Vera Brittain William WordsworthpoetryPrint: Unknown
1900-1945'The spasmodic study of Plato, whose "Apologia" and "Meno" I was reading for Pass Mods., certainly did nothing to disc...Vera Brittain Plato'Apologia' and 'Meno'Unknown
1900-1945'I flung myself on my bed afterwards and tried to get some comfort from the volume of Wordsworth which had been the de...Vera Brittain William WordsworthunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945'By way of compensating him for my heretical indifference to the loveliness of Greek - a loveliness that came back to ...Vera Brittain The TimesPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'Together Edward and I looked at "The Times History of the War", picked out a newspaper paragraph stating that the tot...Vera Brittain variousThe Times History of the WarPrint: Book
1900-1945'To console myself, I concluded, I had been re-reading one of our favourite fragments from W. E. Henley's "Bric-a-Brac":Vera Brittain W. E. HenleyBric-a-BracPrint: Book
1900-1945'Sometimes when I think ... of the Dream-city, with its grey towers and autumn sunsets, and the little room where sur...Vera Brittain Thomas HardyTess of the D'UrbervillesPrint: Book, Unknown
1900-1945'After following the progress of the new Allied expedition to Salonika, and studying with mixed feelings the competiti...Vera Brittain The TimesPrint: Newspaper, Unknown
1900-1945'Once, in the midst of trying to read a Strindberg play, I felt ghostly fingers gently stirring my hair, and twice mys...Vera Brittain Johan August StrindbergunknownPrint: Unknown
1900-1945'In my wooden hut, by means of a folding card-table and a remnant of black satin for tablecloth, I made a small shrine...Vera Brittain Robert Hugh BensonVexilla RegisPrint: Book
1900-1945'Although, during those noisy, monotonous weeks, I had at last time to read the newspapers, with their perturbing acco...Vera Brittain newspaperPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'A boy thrust a "Star" into my hand, and, shivering with cold in the hot sunshine, I made myself read it.'Vera Brittain the 'Star' newspaperPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'The leisurely life on this surgical block left plenty of time for reading the various newspapers sent to me from Engl...Vera Brittain newspaperPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'Often, when my incompetent needle refused, as it has always refused throughout my life, to collaborate with my intent...Vera Brittain John MasefieldGallipoliPrint: Serial / periodical, magazines
1900-1945'A verse from Thomas Hardy's "In time of the Breaking of Nations" floated into my mind from the volume of his poems th...Vera Brittain Thomas HardyIn Time of the Breaking of NationsPrint: Book
1900-1945'As the winter grew colder and colder I spent the deep trough of the early hours in a huddled heap beside the stove, d...Vera Brittain Gilbert FrankauThe City of FearPrint: Book
1900-1945'The magazines, when more demanding than the "Tatler", still belonged to the Conservative variety, such as the weekly ...Vera Brittain The TimesPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'Only a short time ago, sitting in the elegant offices of the British Red Cross Society in Grosvenor Crescent, I read ...Vera Brittain Report by the Joint War Committee of the British Red Cross Society and Order of St. John Print: official report
1900-1945'Not long afterwards I was reminded of this conversation by some lines from E. A. Mackintosh's "Cha Till Maccruimein,"...Vera Brittain E.A. MackintoshCha Till Maccruimein Print: Book
1900-1945'For a day or two after the raid I felt curiously lighthearted; like the hero of Hugh Walpole's "The Dark Forest" - on...Vera Brittain Hugh WalpoleThe Dark Forest Print: Book
1900-1945'Still sore and indignant, I happened one day to read some verses by Sir Owen Seaman which I found in a copy of "Punch...Vera Brittain Owen SeamanThe Soul of a Nation Print: Serial / periodical, magazine
1900-1945'I was no better reconciled to staying at home when I read in "The Times" a few weeks after my return that the persist...Vera Brittain The TimesPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'On Sunday morning, June 16th, I opened the "Observer", which appeared to be chiefly concerned with the new offensive ...Vera Brittain The ObserverPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'There followed a quotation from the correspondent of the Corriere della Sera, who described "the Austrian attack on t...Vera Brittain The ObserverPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'For years I continued to detest the founder of modern nursing and all that she stood for - a state of mind which pers...Vera Brittain Florence NightingaleCassandraPrint: Book
1900-1945'Perpetually through my head, interfering with the detached contemplation of Hobbes's "Leviathan" and Mill on "Liberty...Vera Brittain Thomas HobbesLeviathanPrint: Book
1900-1945'Are Vinagradoff on "The Growth of the Manor" and J. H. Round on "Scutage" still the authorities for this remote and d...Vera Brittain VinagradoffThe Growth of the ManorPrint: Book, Unknown
1900-1945'Staying for a fortnight with Miss Heath Jones in Cornwall - where I read aloud to her a large selection of the works ...Vera Brittain George Bernard ShawBack to MethuselahPrint: Unknown
1900-1945'But during my convalescence the reading of a newly published selection of internationalist essays, entitled "The Evol...Vera Brittain unknownThe Evolution of World PeacePrint: Unknown
1900-1945'John Buchan was there, brisk and unpretentious, and the bluff and cordial Hugh Walpole, over whose new novel, "The Ca...Vera Brittain Hugh WalpoleThe CathedralPrint: Book
1900-1945'But at least, through my work at Oxford and my subsequent reading of F. S. Marvin and Gilbert Murray and H. G. Wells,...Vera Brittain F.S. MarvinunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945'We returned to England to read, in an evening newspaper bought at Folkestone, of the death of Lord Northcliffe, but a...Vera Brittain newspaperPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'"The Times" is exciting itself over the surplus women, as revealed by the census - 102 per 1,000, I believe, to be ex...Vera Brittain The TimesPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'It was at this meeting, where she was one of the speakers, that I first saw Rebecca West, whose novel "The Judge", wh...Vera Brittain Rebecca WestThe JudgePrint: Book
1900-1945'Yesterday I read bits of Barbellion, whose life seemd to be filled, like mine, with rejected manuscripts.'Vera Brittain W.N.P. BarbellionunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945'My first vague realisation that poverty was the result of humanity's incompetence, and not an inviolable law of natur...Vera Brittain Thomas CarlylePast and PresentPrint: Book
1900-1945'So I turned, as often, for help and advice to Mrs.Gaskell's "Life of Charlotte Bronte", which Winifred and I had read...Vera Brittain Elizabeth GaskellLife of Charlotte BrontePrint: Book
1900-1945'In a short vignette called "Harking Back to Long Ago", Winifred describes how she and Grace, aged four and six and a ...Vera Brittain Winifred HoltbyHarking Back to Long AgoUnknown
1900-1945'Just after leaving school, I had been plunged into the same tumult of agonised inquiry by reading Mrs. Humphry Ward's...Vera Brittain Mary WardRobert ElsmerePrint: Book, Unknown
1900-1945'During my schooldays, which coincided with the dramatic climax of the suffrage movement, I had read Olive Schreiner a...Vera Brittain Olive SchreinerunknownPrint: Unknown
1900-1945'But it was in a "Good Housekeeping" article on "How to Enjoy Bad Health" that she quoted the remarks with which he pr...Vera Brittain Winifred HoltbyGood Housekeeping magazine "How to Enjoy Bad Health"Print: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'I stayed behind in the waiting-room, reading a favourable review in "Punch" of Phyllis Bentley's newly published nove...Vera Brittain PunchPrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'In some respects this little work of criticism is the profoundest of Winifred's books.'Vera Brittain Winifred HoltbyVirginia WoolfPrint: Book
1900-1945'Shortly after we arrived, a writer in "Harper's Magazine" inquired, "Is this a Christian land?" and went on to commen...Vera Brittain Harper's MagazinePrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'But in "Current History" for September, Bruce Bliven, an editor of "The New Statesman", ventured upon a prophecy: "An...Vera Brittain Bruce BlivenCurrent HistoryPrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'November brought a peculiar police-court case, which made literary history, after Radclyffe Hall's novel, "The Well o...Vera Brittain Radclyffe HallThe Well of LonelinessPrint: Book
1900-1945'Winston Churchill had been Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Baldwin Government of 1924, which now, after five years...Vera Brittain Winston ChurchillThe Gathering StormPrint: Book
1900-1945'I had hesitated, knowing that "The New Statesman" and "The Week-end Review" regarded each other as rivals; two days l...Vera Brittain Storm JamesonNo Time Like the PresentPrint: Book
1900-1945'In puzzled words Raymond Gram Swing commented in "Harper's Magazine" on "the complete refusal of the British public t...Vera Brittain Raymond SwingHarper's MagazinePrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'Not until I read the fictitious account of this consultation four years afterwards in "South Riding" did I realise th...Vera Brittain Winifred HoltbySouth RidingPrint: Book
1900-1945'Phyliis's novel, "Inheritance", had become the fiction-star of that spring.'Vera Brittain Phyllis BentleyInheritancePrint: Book
1900-1945'After reading these books, I began to ask: "Why should these young men have the war to themselves? Didn't women have...Vera Brittain [books on war topics]Print: Book
1900-1945'My diary for October 5th, 1932, recorded the impression made upon me by the writer whose "Modern Utopia" had been a b...Vera Brittain Herbert George WellsModern UtopiaPrint: Book
1900-1945'As he left Frankfort the passengers in the train were discussing the break-up of the Disarmament Conference, and in L...Vera Brittain The TimesPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'"We face a choice of evils," H. N. Brailsford had written in "The New Clarion" after the break-up of the Disarmament ...Vera Brittain H. N. BrailsfordThe New ClarionPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'Shortly afterwards Victor Gollancz issued a pamphlet, entitled "Fascists at Olympia", which contained statements from...Vera Brittain anonFascists at Olympia
1900-1945'Only recently I discovered its origin in Longfellow's "New England Tragedies", read and re-read during my childhood w...Vera Brittain Henry Wadsworth LongfellowNew England TragediesPrint: Book
1900-1945'At the time of her death I had read only part of "South Riding", which was to bring her back to me, and I found no re...Vera Brittain Winifred HoltbySouth RidingPrint: typescript
1900-1945'They could no more accept it than they or any other powerful nation had ever accepted the teaching of his Master and ...Vera Brittain Herbert George WellsThe Outline of HistoryPrint: Book
1900-1945[Whether this contains evidence of any particular reading experience is unclear] 'Presumably these writers had neve...Vera Brittain Julien BendaLa Trahison des ClercsPrint: Book
1900-1945'Under the caption "Pacifist Beats Churchill in Glasgow U. Election", it told me that on the previous day Dick Sheppar...Vera Brittain Article entitled "Pacifist Beats Churchill in Glasgow U. Election", in the Chicago Sunday Tribune (24 October 1937)Print: Newspaper
1900-1945'At a P.E.N. dinner I sat beside him, and questioned him about the "lighted door" in his novel "Guy and Pauline".'Vera Brittain Compton MackenzieGuy and PaulinePrint: Book
1900-1945'Years afterwards, I was to discover the "Declaration of the Independence of the Mind" issued to his fellow brain-work...Vera Brittain Romain RollandDeclaration of the Independence of the Mind Print: Unknown
1900-1945'In the "Sunday Times" for September 12th, a letter of protest from Dame Marie Tempest had coincided with another from...Vera Brittain Marie Tempest[letter published in the "Sunday "Times"]Print: Newspaper, Unknown
1900-1945'In the "Sunday Times" for September 12th, a letter of protest from Dame Marie Tempest had coincided with another from...Vera Brittain Marie Tempest[Letter published in the "Sunday Times"]Print: Newspaper, Unknown
1900-1945'In a lecture at Friends' House he spoke of a new Blitzkrieg timed to start on May 1st, and designed to overthrow Engl...Vera Brittain Oswald Garrison VillardInside GermanyPrint: Book
1900-1945'Main page reviews in the "Observer", "Reynolds News" and the "Sunday Chronicle", and a warm tribute in the "Yorkshire...Vera Brittain Reviews in the "Observer," "Reynold's News," "Sunday Chronicle," "Yorkshire Post" and "TLS."Print: Newspaper
1900-1945'That night three calls from newspaper offices were put through to my bedroom; next morning the front page of "Il Seco...Vera Brittain Il SecoloPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'Later I sent my mother a clipping from the Louisville "Courier-Journal", whose woman reporter had been present.'Vera Brittain Courier-JournalPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'Among 200 reviews and notices, another clipping from the "Yorkshire Post" remarked on the astonishing persistence wit...Vera Brittain Yorkshire PostPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'Into my mind flashed the "New York Times" headlines which I had read over breakfast that morning.'Vera Brittain New York TimesPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'In a 'Yorkshire Post' article he subsequently described his three days on Willkie's campaign train, with its eleven c...Vera Brittain Yorkshire PostPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'Two days afterwards I wrote to Clare during an air raid, enclosing a paragraph about her parents from the "Star Man's...Vera Brittain "Star Man's Diary"Print: Unknown
1900-1945'She preferred to say - in words written ten years ago at the end of "The Waves" which might stand for her epitaph - "...Vera Brittain Virginia WoolfThe WavesPrint: Book, Unknown
1900-1945'I had not known Thornton Wilder, though I had been among the thousands who read "The Bridge of San Luis Rey".'Vera Brittain Thornton WilderBridge of San Luis Rey, ThePrint: Book, Unknown
1900-1945'"It is an hard matter," wrote John Bunyan in "The Pilgrim's Progress", "to go down into the Valley of Humiliation."'Vera Brittain John BunyanThe Pilgrim's ProgressPrint: Book, Unknown
1900-1945'In the "Evening Standard", Major-General Fuller commented acidly that the gigantic forces being raised in America sug...Vera Brittain John Frederick Charles Fullerarticle in the "Evening Standard"Print: Newspaper, Unknown
1900-1945'"The censorship here is so close that I depend for most of my information upon "Time" and "Life"," I wrote to New Yor...Vera Brittain "Time" Magazine Print: Serial / periodical, Unknown
1900-1945'The weary Press caustically reported a current quip: "Good news at last! Two of our generals were captured at Tobruk...Vera Brittain Nathaniel Gubbinscomment in the "Sunday Express"Print: Newspaper
1900-1945'According to R.C.K. Ensor's "Miniature History of the War", "the annihilating raid on Lubeck...and the raid of 1,130 ...Vera Brittain Robert Charles Kirkwood EnsorMiniature History of the WarPrint: Book
1900-1945'His books, "On Two Fronts" and "Letters of a Prisoner", described those early experiences.'Vera Brittain Corder CatchpoolOn Two Fronts: Letters of a Prisoner.Print: Book
1900-1945'Here I read the three-year-old newspapers which described the unusual murder trial, and studied a "background" book, ...Vera Brittain Emanuel MillerThe Neuroses in WarPrint: Book
1900-1945'At the end of October, a paragraph by the "Daily Mail" Correspondent in Lisbon "revealed" the peril which she and her...Vera Brittain [Report in the "Daily Mail"]Print: Newspaper
1900-1945'The "New Statesman" described the exponents of this policy as "Bitterenders"; their high priest was Lord Vansittart, ...Vera Brittain New StatesmanPrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'In a post-war record entitled "Bomber Offensive", Sir Arthur Harris himself described the ordeal of Hamburg, which ca...Vera Brittain Arthur HarrisBomber OffensivePrint: Book
1900-1945'"...Women were wandering about half-crazy," stated an account in the Swiss newspaper, "National-Zeitung", and a stoke...Vera Brittain National-ZeitungPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'By 1944 Lord Lang, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, was supporting the persistent protests of the Bishop of Chich...Vera Brittain Evening StandardPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'That autumn a friend sent me a booklet entitled "The Bases of Civilisation", by Dr. G. S. Spinks, one-time editor of ...Vera Brittain G. S. SpinksThe Bases of CivilisationPrint: Booklet
1900-1945'These included excerpts from the "News Chronicle" and "Manchester Guardian", which reported that a so-called "article...Vera Brittain Manchester GuardianPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'My first real understanding of the "terrific sensation" came from an article published in the "Sunday Chronicle" on M...Vera Brittain Dorothy Thompson[article in the "Sunday Chronicle"]Print: Newspaper
1900-1945'About the same time a correspondent sent me a copy of "Human Events", issued weekly from Washington by Dr. Felix Morl...Vera Brittain Human EventsPrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'In 1943, soon after Britain adopted "obliteration" as a policy, an article in the "Times" reported that "the German h...Vera Brittain The TimesPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'From the United States Mr. Oswald Garrison Villard, inspired by the same thought, sent me an article called "Last Ple...Vera Brittain Oswald Garrison VillardLast Plea for EuropePrint: article published in a periodical
1900-1945'During the second week of the battle, a Letter reader sent me from that day's Evening News a clipping which contained...Vera Brittain Evening NewsPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'Coming up to London on the morning of September 8th, I read with the same happiness as my neighbours a "Daily Express...Vera Brittain Daily ExpressPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'On May 5th the U.S. Forces' newspaper, "The Stars and Stripes", quoted a description by British war prisoners of this...Vera Brittain The Stars and StripesPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'A letter in the "Jewish Chronicle" subsequently assailed Victor for publishing and commending "Above All Nations".'Vera Brittain Jewish ChroniclePrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'Within the next few days I read a new Gollancz pamphlet, "What Buchenwald Really Means". Vera Brittain Victor GollanczWhat Buchenwald Really Means
1900-1945'In the "Left News" for July, 1944, Victor had also published a document from Underground France on the future of Germ...Vera Brittain Victor Gollanczarticle in the "Left News"Print: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'In the "Left News" for July, 1944, Victor had also published a document from Underground France on the future of Germ...Vera Brittain Victor GollanczArticle in the "Left News"Print: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'They could all, I thought, have been summed up by the glum description of barbarism in the book called "Leviathan" by...Vera Brittain Thomas HobbesLeviathanPrint: Book
1900-1945On March 14th the "News Chronicle's" correspondent, S. L. Solon, had called Cologne "End-of-the-World City".'Vera Brittain S. L. SolonArticle in the "News Chronicle"Print: Newspaper
1900-1945'To the "Evening Standard" Anne Matheson had contributed a later and similar description of Nuremberg.'Vera Brittain Anne MathesonArticle in the "Evening Standard"Print: Newspaper
1900-1945'Even George Orwell, who had dismissed "Seed of Chaos" with contempt the previous year, now expressed deep misgivings ...Vera Brittain George OrwellArticle in "The Observer"Print: Newspaper
1900-1945'But the real clue had been given by Howard Spring in an unpretentious article which appeared in "St. Martin's Review"...Vera Brittain Howard SpringArticle in "St Martin's Review"Print: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'More stimulating was the reading of Somerset Maugham's short novel, "A Christmas Holiday".'Vera Brittain Somerset MaughamA Christmas HolidayPrint: Book
1900-1945'I recalled Ruskin's words in the Preface to "Sesame and Lilies": "Let heart-sickness pass beyond a certain point and ...Vera Brittain John RuskinSesame and LiliesPrint: Book
1900-1945'Several Norwegians spoke critically to me of John Steinbeck's recent novel, "The Moon is Down".'Vera Brittain John SteinbeckThe Moon is DownPrint: Book


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