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Roland Aubrey Leighton
Modern warfare is merely a trade The doomed love story of Roland Aubrey Leighton and Vera Brittain is as poignant reminder as any of the cost of the war. See R. Roland was born in , the son of Robert Leighton, a writer of boys' adventure stories, and Marie Connor Leighton, a prolific romance novelist. He studied at Uppingham School, where he met Edward Brittain and in , age 19 he began 'courting' Edward's sister, Vera. Instead of proceeding with his studies, Roland immediately volunteered for service and soon found himself in France. He and Vera became engaged on leave in August of the same year.
Posted by Rissi JC Nov 21, It goes without saying biographical films can often be some of the most powerful films out there. Those unfamiliar with this recent production will discover the story of Vera Brittain, the author of the WWI biography of the same title, a book that is still considered one of the leading books today this according to the printed facts at the end of the film. What you might not realize is that this film also tells a beautiful romance. One that unfolds in a very short period of time given the circumstances and perilous times these people lived in. The romance is between Vera and Roland.
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His parents, Robert Leighton and Marie Connor, were both writers. Marie was the more commercially successful and wrote adventure books the best known being Convict 99 and also stories that were serialised in the Daily Mail. Her husband was the first literary editor of the Daily Mail and wrote adventure books for boys. Leighton was a prizewinning classical scholar at Uppingham School ; one pupil remembered Leighton using a wheelbarrow to recover his haul from the school prize-giving. His hope was to one day become the editor of a national newspaper.
All history, and most lives, will not fit neatly into a narrative arc. World War I for example. No three-act structure there, just grotesque folly, ceaseless bloodshed, and attrition over the same battered terrain for four years, and then an armistice that laid the groundwork for another round of mass destruction and death. As for heroes, the machinery of battle and the stupidity of leadership rendered them obsolete and irrelevant. Theodor Adorno famously declared that to write poetry after Auschwitz was barbaric. But after the industrialized barbarism of the Somme, the same could be said for stories.