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With Wilfred Owen and Robert Graves, Sassoon struggled with his sexuality, a story he wanted to capture himself to bridge "the raging (or lethargic) river of intolerance which divides creatures of my temperament from a free and unsecretive existence among their fellow men". Prevented from doing so by the law, however, he died in 1967, the year in which homosexuality was legalised.
This biography is the result of seven years of research. In this first volume the author traces Sassoon's life as one of the Gilded Youth of the Great War generation and the first modern figure of the 20th century. A friend to everyone worth knowing, ranging from the Sitwells to Sir Winston Churchill, Sassoon was forced to come to terms with the banality of a war, at the same time as dealing with changes in his own identity.