Siegfried Sassoon: The Journey from the Trenches, a Biography (1918-1967) / Edition 1

Siegfried Sassoon: The Journey from the Trenches, a Biography (1918-1967) / Edition 1

by Jean Moorcroft Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415967139

ISBN-13: 9780415967136

Pub. Date: 09/28/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Siegfried Sassoon is one of the twentieth century's greatest icons and Jean Moorcroft Wilson is the leading authority on him. In Siegfried Sassoon: The Journey from the Trenches, the second volume of her best-selling authorized biography, she completes her definitive analysis of his life and works, exploring Sassoon's experiences after the Great War. For many people,

Overview

Siegfried Sassoon is one of the twentieth century's greatest icons and Jean Moorcroft Wilson is the leading authority on him. In Siegfried Sassoon: The Journey from the Trenches, the second volume of her best-selling authorized biography, she completes her definitive analysis of his life and works, exploring Sassoon's experiences after the Great War. For many people, Sassoon exists primarily as a First World War poet and bold fighter, who earned the nickname 'Mad Jack' in the trenches and risked Court Martial, possibly the firing squad, with his public protest against the War. Much less is known about his life after the armistice which marks the beginning of a series of love affairs with such larger-than-life characters as Queen Victoria's great-grandson, Prince Philipp of Hesse, the flamboyant Ivor Novello and the exotic and bejewelled Hon. Stephen Tennant. This period also sees Sassoon establishing close friendships with some of the greatest literary figures of the age, Hardy, Beerbohm, E M Forster and T E Lawrence among them. Sassoon himself said that most people thought he had died in 1919. But Dr Wilson shows that his poetry is, if anything, more powerful in the second half of his life, which also sees his debut as a prose writer with Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, one of the classics of twentieth-century literature. Based on a decade of meticulous research and interviews with many who knew Sassoon well, much of the material is published here for the first time. Siegfried Sassoon: The Journey from the Trenches completes a fascinating story that is beautifully told.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415967136
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Platesxi
Prefacexiii
Introduction1
1.'Pilgrimages to Poets, Post-Armistice Parties and Other Diversions' (November-December 1918)9
2.'A Simpleton's Progress' (January-March 1919)27
3.'Making the Book Page Memorable' (April-June 1919)45
4.'Rootless Re-Beginnings' (June-December 1919)61
5.'Midnight on Broadway' (January-March 1920)75
6.Chicago and Beyond (March-August 1920)89
7.Tufton Street Blues (August 1920-November 1925)101
8.Satirical Poems and Other Literary Matters117
9.Ways of Escape133
10.'Love is the Test' (1921-1925)143
11.'My Glorious Angel' (1925-1927)159
12.Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man: 'The Testament of My Youth'175
13.'The Old Earl and Little Lord Fauntleroy' (1927-1928)195
14.'The Heart's Paradise' (November 1928-January 1931)215
15.Memoirs of an Infantry Officer and Goodbye to Graves233
16.The Turn of the Screw (February 1931-May 1933)243
17.'O, Hester, You Must Redeem My Life' (June-December 1933)263
18.Paradise Regained and Lost (1934-1938)283
19.The Old Century and the New War301
20.War Within and Without (September 1939-October 1942)311
21.'The Weald of Youth, a Remembered Word'327
22.'A Middle Life in Armageddon' (October 1942-May 1945)333
23.The Wilderness Years (1945-1950)343
24.An Asking (1950-1956)365
25.Doms and Dames (1957-1960)387
26.'It Has Been a Long Journey' (1961-1967)405
Endnotes419
AppendixIdentification of Pseudonyms from the Sherston Trilogy495
Acknowledgements499
Select Bibliography503
Index507

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