Collection RC0681 - Siegfried Sassoon collection

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Siegfried Sassoon collection

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  • 1917-1936 (Creation)

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3 cm of textual records

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Siegfried Sassoon, poet, was born 8 September 1886 at Weirleigh, near Paddock Wood in Kent. He was educated at Marlborough College and Clare College, Cambridge. He published two anti-war books of poems, The Old Huntsman (1917) and Counter-Attack (1918) which sprung from his service in World War I. He wrote a lightly fictionalized autobiography titled Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man (1928) which won both the Hawthornden and James Tait Black memorial prizes. The book was the first of a trilogy. All three books appeared as The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston (1937). He went on to publish a factual autobiography, also a trilogy. His poems were collected and published in 1947. Sassoon died at Heytesbury House, near Warminster in Wiltshire on 1 September 1967.

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The collection consists of correspondence, poetry manuscripts, and typescript of part of Memoirs of An Infantry Officer (1930), the second volume of the Sherston trilogy.

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There have been several small accruals. It appears the first purchase could have been made in December 1975. More purchases were made in 1976, all from Bertram Rota. The last accrual, a partial ts. of Memoirs of An Infantry Officer, was purchased in May 1983 from Minerva Rare Books via Richard de la Mare, Sassoon's publisher at Faber.


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There is also Sassoon correspondence in the fonds of C. K. Odgen and Bertrand Russell.


No further accruals are expected.

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