Book Description

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. viii, 334. Maroon cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Lean to spine, pushing to heel of spine. Else, clean and tidy, especially given the poor post-war paper stock. In the original dust jacket with its apt melodramatic cover vignette (and double cleff-cum-noose spine design): ragged, losses to spines end, corners and bottom of front panel, numerous closed tears with amateur tape-repairs to reverse. Very good/ good-only. A robust copy of Brittain’s penultimate novel.
Dealer Notes
A pacifist novel with a biographical (rather than autobiographical) foundation, in Testament of Experience, Brittain recalled its genesis: “In the autumn of 1939, I was summoned to a murder trial as a potential witness for the defense. The prisoner, a sensitive and intelligent professional man, had caused his wife’s death and then attempted suicide, but afterwards claimed that he could remember nothing of the tragedy. A team of psychological specialists traced back this amnesia to a bomb explosion in 1918, and my acquaintance was found “Guilty but Insane.”” The man was a Nottingham doctor, Leonard Lockhart, who gave Brittain permission to use his story, but later retracted it, requiring her to transform her protagonist into a musician and erase any traces of its origins. The novel was a bestseller in the UK, selling out its first print run of 50,000 copies ahead of publication (Poetry Foundation).
Author BRITTAIN, Vera
Date 1945
Publisher London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd
Condition Very good/ good-only

Price: £35.00

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