Women's Autobiographies on the Age of First World War

This bibliography focuses on women's autobiographies, diaries and memoirs (as well as a few letter connections). These authors participated in and/or lived through various, Western armed conflict and wrote about their experiences in English, French, German or Russian.

The most important wars for this period include:

  • First World War (1914–18)
  • Russian Civil War (1917–22)
  • Irish War of Independence and Civil War (1919–23)

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Adıvar, Halide Edib. The Turkish Ordeal: Being the Further Memoirs of Halidé Edib. New York ; London: The Century Co., 1928.
Aldington, Richard. Roads to Glory. New York: Chatto and Windus, 1930.
Aldrich, Mildred. A Hilltop on the Marne, being Letters Written June 3-September 8, 1914. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1915.
Allen, Mary S. Lady in Blue. London: S. Paul, 1936.
Veterans History Project. Washington DC, 2000.
Ashwell, Lena. Myself a Player. London: M. Joseph Ltd., 1936.
Asquith, Margot, M. G. Brock, Eleanor Brock, and H. H. Asquith. Margot Asquith's Great War Diary 1914-1916: The View from Downing Street. First ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Asquith, Margot. The Autobiography of Margot Asquith. Vol. 1-2. London: Butterworth, 1920.
Astuto, Mercedes. I Vivi: Diario di Guerra. Roma: Comando del Corpo di Stato Maggiore (lab.tip.), 1935.
Atkins, Thomasina, and Mildred Aldrich. The Letters of Thomasina Atkins: Private : on Active Service. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1918.
Bagnold, Enid. A Diary without Dates. London: William Heinemann, 1918.
Barbusse, Henri. Le feu: Journal d'une escouade. Paris: E. Flammarion, 1917.
Rassweiler, Anne Dickason, ed. Bek, Anna Nikolaevna. The Life of a Russian Woman Doctor: A Siberian Memoir, 1869-1954. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.
Bisha, Robin. Russian Women, 1698-1917: Experience and Expression, an Anthology of Sources. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002.
Bochkareva, Mariia, and Isaac Don Levine. Yashka: My Life as Peasant, Officer and Exile. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1919.
Bondfield, Margaret. A Life's Work. London ; New York: Hutchinson, 1948.
Boylston, Helen Dore. "Sister" the War Diary of a Nurse. New York: Ives Washburn, 1927.
Britnieva, Mary. One Woman's Story. London: A. Barker, 1934.
Brittain, Vera. Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925. London: V. Gollancz, 1933.
Butler, E. M. Paper Boats. London: Collins, 1959.
Cahill, Audrey Fawcett. Between the Lines: Letters and Diaries from Elsie Inglis's Russian Unit. Edinburgh: Pentland Press, 1999.
Cannan, May Wedderburn. Grey Ghosts and Voices.. Kineton: Roundwood Pr., 1976.
Chapman, Guy. A Passionate Prodigality : Fragments of Autobiography. London: I. Nicholson & Watson, 1933.
Church, James Robb. The Doctor's Part: What Happens to the Wounded in War. New York ; London: D. Appleton and Co., 1918.
Clerici, Maria Antonietta. Al di là del Piave coi Morti e coi Vivi: Ricordi di Prigionia. Como: Cavalleri, 1919.
Riggs, Bertram G. and William Rompkey, eds. Cluett, Frances. Your Daughter, Fanny: The War Letters of Frances Cluett, VAD. St. John's, NL: Flanker Press, 2006.
Clyman, Toby W., and Judith Vowles. Russia through Women's Eyes: Autobiographies from Tsarist Russia. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1996.
Cooper, Caroline Ethel, and Decie Denholm. Behind the Lines: One Woman's War, 1914-18 : The Letters of Caroline Ethel Cooper. Sydney: Collins, 1982.
Courtney, Kate. Extracts from a Diary During the War. London: Victor press, 1928.
Dadishkilani, Ekatarina A. Princess in Uniform: Autobiographical Reminiscences. Translated by Arthur J. Ashton. London: G. Bell & Sons, 1934.
De Frece, Matilda Alice Powl. Recollections of Vesta Tilley. London: Hutchinson, 1934.
De Vries, Susanna. Blue Ribbons Bitter Bread: The Life of Joice Nankivell Loch. Alexandria, NSW: Hale & Iremonger, 2004.
Dearmer, Jessie Mabel, and Stephen Lucius Gwynn. Letters from a Field Hospital. London: Macmillan, 1915.
Dickinson, Emma Young. Emma Young Dickinson Papers. Minneapolis, MN , 2009.
Dorr, Mrs. Rheta Chil. Inside the Russian Revolution. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1917.
Douglas-Pennant, Violet Blanche. Under the Searchlight: A record of a Great Scandal. London: G. Allen & Unwin, 1922.
Duffin, Emma S., and Trevor Parkhill. The First World War Diaries of Emma Duffin : Belfast Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse. Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press, 2014.
Duffy, Michael, ed. First World War.com., 2009.

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