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Siegfried Sassoon : the making of a war poet : a biography, 1886-1918

Author: Jean Moorcroft Wilson
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tells in full detail the story of Siegfried Sassoon, one of the finest poets of the First World War. Until now, there has been no full-scale biography of him despite his immense influence on modern poetry and literature. The long wait for this book now makes it possible to tell his story much more frankly than it would have been at his death thirty years ago. This is particularly true of his struggle to come to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Siegfried Sassoon; Siegfried Sassoon; Siegfried Sassoon; Siegfried Sassoon
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Moorcroft Wilson
ISBN: 0415923255 9780415923255
OCLC Number: 40460031
Notes: Originally published: London : G. Duckworth, 1998.
Description: viii, 600 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Jean Moorcroft Wilson.
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Tells in full detail the story of Siegfried Sassoon, one of the finest poets of the First World War. Until now, there has been no full-scale biography of him despite his immense influence on modern poetry and literature. The long wait for this book now makes it possible to tell his story much more frankly than it would have been at his death thirty years ago. This is particularly true of his struggle to come to terms with his homosexuality, a conflict he wanted to describe himself, but which the law discouraged in his lifetime. With the cooperation of his family and friends and access to an abundance of private and unpublished material, Jean Moorcroft Wilson reveals the first three decades of Siegfried Sassoon's life. A descendant of merchant princes and farmer-artists, a Jew turned Catholic and a husband and father, Sassoon was at once shy and extremely impulsive. He was one of the few War poets whose daring exploits at the Front earned him a Military Cross, as well as the epithet "Mad Jack." Nonetheless, this decorated War hero emerged as one of the angry young poets who denounced the "Old Men" in scathing satires.

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