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Siegfried Sassoon: A Life
Max Egremont
0374263752
December 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Like his critics, Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967) suspected that it was WWI that gave his writing relevance and saved him from obscurity as a poet. Therefore, until his death, the British Sassoon oscillated between loathing and searching for the camaraderie and inspiration that he'd found in the trenches. In his attempts at escaping the war, Sassoon, a homosexual, went as far as marriage, fatherhood and the establishment of a traditional country estate. Meanwhile, he connected to the war by writing autobiographical novels: "George Sherston, [the narrator of Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man] is Siegfried Sassoon with almost all the unusual, some might say the most interesting, bits left out. We get the diffidence, the self-deprecating humor, the love of country life, the sporting courage and the sensibility,...


Regeneration
Pat Barker
0452270073
July 1993
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Book Review
Regeneration, one in Pat Barker's series of novels confronting the psychological effects of World War I, focuses on treatment methods during the war and the story of a decorated English officer sent to a military hospital after publicly declaring he will no longer fight. Yet the novel is much more. Written in sparse prose that is shockingly clear -- the descriptions of electronic treatments are particularly harrowing -- it combines real-life characters and events with fictional ones in a work that examines the insanity of war like no other. Barker also weaves in issues of class and politics in this compactly powerful book. Other books in the series include The Eye in the Door and the Booker Award winner The Ghost Road.

From Library Journal
In 1917, decorated British officer...


Siegfried Sassoon
Jean Moorcroft Wilson
0415923255
Feb 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
This biography appears in the midst of a small Sassoon revival. Although not the sprightliest of writers, Jean Moorcroft Wilson gives a comprehensive and well-rounded impression of Sassoon, drawing on much new material, including both sides of his correspondence with T.E. Lawrence. "Unlike the many writers who lead sedentary lives," Wilson notes, "[Sassoon] was a man of action caught up in the bloodiest conflict in history." In the early 1920s, still glowing from the success of his poems of the First World War, Sassoon had imagined he would write a "Madame Bovary dealing with sexual inversion." But the poet who patrolled no man's land at night and whose initially romantic verses gradually came to encompass all the horrors of trench warfare could not find the courage to declare his love for men. One of the benefits of this...


War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon
Siegfried Sassoon
0486437159
October 2004
Paperback
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Review
"In later years, when Siegfried Sassoon had written much else in prose and verse, he was annoyed at always being referred to simply as a war poet, but it was the Great War that turned him into a poet of international fame, and I feel sure that his ghost will forgive me for thus bringing together these magnificently scarifying poems."--Rupert Hart-Davis, from his Introduction
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
At the dawn of World War I, a young English poet exchanged his pastoral pursuits of cricket, fox-hunting, and romantic verse for army life amid the muddy trenches of France. Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) began the war with a sense of noble enterprise and concluded it with disillusionment. This collection of his epigrammatic and satirical...


Siegfried Sassoon
Jean Moorcroft Wilson
041597383X
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
This biography appears in the midst of a small Sassoon revival. Although not the sprightliest of writers, Jean Moorcroft Wilson gives a comprehensive and well-rounded impression of Sassoon, drawing on much new material, including both sides of his correspondence with T.E. Lawrence. "Unlike the many writers who lead sedentary lives," Wilson notes, "[Sassoon] was a man of action caught up in the bloodiest conflict in history." In the early 1920s, still glowing from the success of his poems of the First World War, Sassoon had imagined he would write a "Madame Bovary dealing with sexual inversion." But the poet who patrolled no man's land at night and whose initially romantic verses gradually came to encompass all the horrors of trench warfare could not find the courage to declare his love for men. One of the benefits of this...


Eye in the Door
Pat Barker
0452272726
April 1995
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Book Review
The Eye in the Door is the second installation of Pat Barker's acclaimed and haunting historical fiction trilogy about British soldiers traumatized by World War I trench warfare and the methods used by psychiatrist William Rivers to treat them. As with the other two, the book was recognized with awards, winning the 1993 Guardian Fiction Prize. Here, Lieutenant Billy Prior is tormented by figuring out which side of several coins does he live -- coward or hero, crazy or sane, homosexual or heterosexual, upper class or lower. He represents the upheaval in Britain during the war and the severe trauma felt by its soldiers. The writing is sparse yet multilayered; Barker uses the lives of a few to capture an entire society during a tumultuous period. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this...


Siegfried Sassoon Diaries, 1915-1918
Siegfried Sassoon
1850897417
April 1995
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Siegfried Sassoon
Jean Moorcroft Wilson
0415973848
Mar 2005
Paperback
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The Observer
"Thorough and perceptive.." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Ian Hamilton, The Sunday Telegraph
"A compelling tale.." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Siegfried Sassoon
John Stuart Roberts
1843581388
February 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Although it is said that he owed his poetic vision to his Sephardic Jewish roots, Siegfried Sassoon was, in many ways, a conventionally Edwardian squire. And although near-suicidal bravery won him the Military Cross (Sassoon was famously fictionalized in Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy), his poetry shattered the ideals of wartime heroism. A gifted poet who refused to become part of any literary movement, his friendships ranged from Thomas Hardy and Robert Graves to the Sitwells, Rupert Brooke, and T.E. Lawrence. In this acclaimed biography, John Stuart Roberts skillfully chronicles Sassoon’s life and work, including his homosexuality, his marriage, and his quest for a personal religious faith. His inner journey to Catholicism in his final years is charted with a sensitivity and authority that are the...


The Poetry of Shell Shock: Wartime Trauma and Healing in Wilfred Owen, Ivor Gurney and Siegfried Sassoon
Daniel Hipp
0786421746
July 2005
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Book Description
The British poets Wilfred Owen, Ivor Gurney, and Siegfried Sassoon found themselves psychologically altered by what they experienced in the First World War. Owen was hospitalized in April 1917 for "shell shock" in Scotland, where he met Siegfried Sassoon in June of that year, hospitalized for the same affliction. Ivor Gurney found the war, ironically, to have been a place of relative stability within an otherwise tormented life; When he was wounded during the war’s final year, his doctors observed signs of mental illness, which evolved into incapacitating psychosis by 1922. For each of these men—all poets before the war—poetry served as a way to inscribe continuity into their lives, enabling them to retaliate against the war’s propensity to render the lives of the participants discontinuous....


Six Poets Of The Great War
Adrian Barlow
052148569X
Sept 1995
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Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon
Helen McPhail
0850528380
October 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves were two of the most famous British authors of the 20th century, but they are remembered by many World War I buffs primarily as officers in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. This unique guide traces the wartime service of the authors, identifies actual people and places in their works, and gives biographical detail on their long post-war lives and careers. Includes full bibliography.


Siegfreid Sassoon: Scorched Glory, a Critical Study
Paul Moeyes
031217277X
April 1997
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Moeyes (English, Hogeschool voor Economische Studies, Amsterdam) has written the first comprehensive critical study of the work of English writer Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) since his death. Moeyes's biographical approach makes extensive use of Sassoon's diaries and letters, showing how the work reflects Sassoon's ideas and experiences, with the notable exception of his homosexuality. Sassoon is usually remembered as a World War I poet, but Moeyes believes that, though he lacked the kind of creative imagination that makes a first-rate fiction writer, he was a better prose writer than poet. He was at his best describing his childhood and middle-class country life before World War I, as in the autobiographical novel Memoirs of Fox-Hunting Man and the autobiography Seven More Years. Moeyes has nicely resurrected a...


Collected Poems, 1908-1956
Siegfried Sassoon
0571132626
Jan 1986
Paperback
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Review
"For his generation, the poetry and career of Siegfried Sassoon were emblematic of the ways in which the secure truths of Western civilization were destroyed in the hopeless foxholes of the First World War. It is difficult to imagine the works of Virginia Woolf or Hemingway or Faulkner existing without him. . . ." --Graham Christian, The Boston Phoenix


War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon
Siegfried Sassoon
0571130151
January 1983
Paperback
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Review
"In later years, when Siegfried Sassoon had written much else in prose and verse, he was annoyed at always being referred to simply as a war poet, but it was the Great War that turned him into a poet of international fame, and I feel sure that his ghost will forgive me for thus bringing together these magnificently scarifying poems."--Rupert Hart-Davis, from his Introduction


Siegfried Sassoon
Patrick Campbell
0786405252
Nov 1999
Hardcover
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AB Bookman's Weekly
"carefully detailed textual analysis"

Choice
"combin[es] a skillful biographical account of Sassoon during the war years with a close reading of the poems, 22 never seen before outside of Sassoon's diaries. ...sure to be useful to all students of Sassoon.... Recommended for undergraduate and graduate collections"

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