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Siegfried Sassoon: A Life

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Siegfried Sassoon was born in 1886 in Kent, and began writing verses as a boy. While a brave young officer, he confronted the terrible realities of the First World War on the battlefield, in verse, and, finally, by announcing his opposition to the war in 1917, showing that physical courage could exist alongside humanity and sensibility.

In 1918, Sassoon found himself one of
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Hardcover, 656 pages
Published December 13th 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Yara
When we think of Siegfried Sassoon, we think of World War One – his brutally realistic poems about the trenches, his anger, how he narrowly escaped death so many times. The war was the defining of Sassoon’s life and his career as a writer… But it lasted only four years and was over when he was only thirty-two. In this 639-page biography, the war ends around the 200th page. Then what? This was a question that plagued Sassoon all his life – and one his biographer, Max Egremont, struggles with as w ...more
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ASIDE FROM THE SISTERS, DO YOU HAVE RECS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THE BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS? DOES AMONG THE BOHEMIANS COVER IT TOO?

THE CRAZY YEARS BY WILLIAM WOSER LOOKS AT THE PARIS SCENE, BOBBED HAIR AND BATHTUB GIN AT THE LOMERICANS, AND BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE BY D J TAYLOR THE BRITISH. SIEGFRIED SASSOON SPENT THE TWENTIES BANGING STEPHEN TENNANT, THE BRIGHTEST OF THE LONDON CAMP BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS, AND A RECENT BIOGRAPHY ON SASSOON GIVES SOME INTERESTING DETAILS ABOUT THE SCENE.
Oliver
Aug 28, 2014 Oliver rated it liked it
Stopped reading this one after about 270 pages. Other than a really good exposition of Sassoon's war experiences and poetry, the rest is a slow slog, needing much more knowledge of his poetry than I have. Also, the social circle of homosexuals gradually becomes confusing (I had to keep going to the index in order to reacquaint myself with named personages).
Christine Parker
Apr 10, 2016 Christine Parker rated it it was amazing
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I would have given it 6 stars if I could. I have read 2 other SS biographies and they were both 5 star but this has something extra, a poignancy and a real sense of feeling for the subject.
OK it is a little light on the 'war' but that stuff is available in plenty elsewhere and I think sympathetic to the man.
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