SIEGFRIED SASSOON DIARIES {3 VOLUMES} 1915 ' 1918 ; 1920 ' 1922 ; 1923 ' 1925.

Hart-Davis, Rupert (Ed.)


3 Volumes ; Faber & Faber. Vol. I : 1st ed., 1983. 288 pp., frontis. Vol. II : 1st ed., 1981. 304 pp., frontis. Vol. III : 1st ed., 1985. 320 pp., frontis. All Vols. : D.j., 22 x 14cm. Some fading to spine of d.j.'s ; small bump to corner of Vol. I ; a little foxing to top edges o/w no price-clippings or signatures, FINE. In the first of these three volumes we see how Siegfried Sassoon's diaries, written in tiny notebooks, often by candle in a dug-out or billet, provided the material for his first three prose books which, along with his poems, established his fame. The correspondence between the diaries and the published books is a close one ; but in the books a thin veil of fiction is drawn over the events described ' names are altered, events heightened. Here, instead, are raw, immediate reports on events as they happened and included in the diaries are many poems which Sassoon thought worthy of publication only in a periodical or not at all. The second volume of his diaries takes up the point in 1920 when, in the last volume of his autobiographical trilogy, Siegfried's Journey, Sassoon carried the account of his life to the day in August 1920 when he found himself once more in London. All through it he is vainly tying to harmonise the two discordant sides of his character, the poet and the fox-hunting man. Gradually the poet gained ascendency, though the poems written in this period were mainly clever satirical exercises in style and metre. The final volume covers a period when Sassoon, an unhappy and emotionally insecure celebrity, was living mainly in London, mixing in literary circles, trying to find some firm base for his life and to acquire some lasting confidence in his own reputation and talent. 3 VOLUMES.

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