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Women'S Writing of the First World War : An Anthology - Angela Smith

Women'S Writing of the First World War

An Anthology

By: Angela Smith (Editor)

Paperback Published: 23rd March 2000
ISBN: 9780719050732
Number Of Pages: 352

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The literary culture of the early 20th century led a surprising number of women to write about their experiences, recording everything from their emotional responses and political impulses to their new experiences of the world of work. In this book, writings by women as diverse as Sylvia Pankhurst, Virginia Woolf and Vesta Tilley are blended with extracts from the private diaries and letters of "unknown" women, to provide a fully rounded picture of the First World War as it was lived and fought by women across Britain.

Contemporary perceptions of life during World War I have been almost exclusively formed by the experiences of soliders in the trenches. With the notable exception of Vera Brittain, women's writing of the years 1914-1918 has not been widely available and this refreshing anthology seeks to redress this omission. World War I radically altered the fabric of many women's lives and created a blueprint for change that was to prove decisive. Culling a wide variety of source material, the excerpts in this invaluable volume record the thoughts of women both famous and unknown, blending fact and fiction to create a truly comprehensive picture of how war in all its guises affected their lives. Sad, comic and bittersweet in turn, the eclectic range of experience encompassed here achieves its aim admirably. (Kirkus UK)

The Beginning
The Outbreak of War
Belgium
Attitudes to the War
Patriotism
Pacifism
Conscription
Loves, Separation and Sexuality
The Experience of War
The Battle Front
The Home Front
Under Fire
Medical Care
Other War Work
The End
Armistice and Aftermath
Contributors:Christabel Pankhurst
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780719050732
ISBN-10: 0719050731
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 23rd March 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.72  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.55