9780415973847

Siegfried Sassoon: The Making of a War Poet, A biography (1886-1918)

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    9780415973847

  • ISBN10:

    0415973848

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2014-12-02
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), soldier, poet, and witness to a century of war, is an icon of the twentieth century;Jean Moorcroft Wilsonis the leading authority on him. In this two-volume biography, she offers her definitive analysis of his life and works. The first critically acclaimed volume, covering Sassoon's life up until the end of the Great War, offers rich material on his poetry, his patriotism, and his anti-war stance. In volume two, Moorcroft Wilson reveals the truth of Sassoon's life after the armistice, when most people thought he was dead; the story includes a series of love affairs with such larger-than-life characters as Queen Victoria's great-grandson, Prince Phillip of Hesse, the flamboyant Ivor Novello, and the exotic and bejeweled Stephen Tennant. But this was also the period of Sassoon's close friendships with the greatest literary figures of the age, including Hardy, Beerbohm, E.M. Forster, and T.E. Lawrence. Written with the cooperation of Siegfried Sassoon's familyand friends, and with access to a mass of private and unpublished material, poems, diaries, letters, and photographs, this meticulously researched biography will be the standard work on Sassoon's life and legacy.

Table of Contents

Contents
List of Platesp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
`Pilgrimages to Poets, Post-Armistice Parties and Other Diversions' (November-December 1918)p. 9
`A Simpleton's Progress' (January- March 1919)p. 27
`Making the Book Page Memorable' (April-June 1919)p. 45
`Rootleses Re-Beginnings' (June-December 1919)p. 61
`Midnight on Broadway' (January-March 1920)p. 75
Chicago and Beyond (March-August 1920)p. 89
Tufton Street Blues (August 1920- November 1925)p. 101
Satirical Poems and Other Literary Mattersp. 117
Ways of Escape 133
`Love is the Test' (1921-1925)p. 143
`My Glorious Angel' (1925-1927)p. 159
Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man: 'The Testament of My Youth'p. 175
`The Old Earl and Little Lord Faunteleroy'(1927-1928)p. 195
`The Heart's Paradise' (November 1928-January 1931)p. 215
Memoirs of Infantry Officer and Goodbye to Gravesp. 233
The Turn of the Screw (February 1931-May 1933)p. 243
`O, Hester, You Must Redeem My Life' (June-December 1933)p. 263
Paradise Regained and Lost (1934-1938)p. 283
The Old Century and the New Warp. 301
War Within and Without (September 1939-October 1942)p. 311
`The Weald of Youth, a Remembered Word'p. 327
`A Middle Life in Armageddon' (October 1942-May 1945)p. 333
The Wilderness Years (1945-1950)p. 343
An Asking (1950-1956)p. 365
Doms and Dames (1957-1960)p. 387
`It Has Been a Long Journey' (1961-1967)p. 405
Identification of Pseudonyms from the Sherston Trilogy
Acknowledgments
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Bibliography
Index
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