Siegfried Sassoon: The Making of a War Poet, a Biography (1886-1918)
First published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Paperback, 600 pages
Published February 17th 2005 by Routledge
(first published May 21st 1998)
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Oct 09, 2011 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
As with so many of these biographies it makes you sometimes like the person a little less. Sassoon is a snob and comes across a tad patronizing, he lived a life of a minor scion of the landed gentry and takes this all for granted. The war certainly dents this but it didn't come across to me that it fundamentally changed his view of the class structure. He certainly feels for his men, (no homosexual double entendre intended) but still as the overlord or gracious gentry. He undoubtedly was a brave...more
This book reads as a combination of biography/war history and literary criticism. I picked it up at our local library book sale because I had wanted to find out more about Sassoon's life, especially his stand against the War and his life as a gay man during that time period. The author does a very good job covering Sassoon's objections to the war, showing his change of heart throughout the course of his service and his eventual official statement of protest, as well as the repercussions he endur...more
Jun 07, 2010 Madeline rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Wilson's biography is thorough, intelligent, sympathetic, and perceptive ... it is essentially exactly what you would hope for in a biography of someone like Sassoon. He's an important figure in his period, something of a turning point or a keystone for the way poetry developed, although he is unfortunately often very disappointing. (At least in hindsight.) He also spent the second half of his life rehashing the first half in prose and poetry, so it makes sense for Wilson to divide her book up,...more
Jean Moorcroft Wilson's writing is a dream, this is a wonderful account of a complex life. It’s the best biography about Siegfried Sassoon by far. It captures his early life so well and has an non-biased view of his life and as a person. It’s a fascinating intelligent look at a flawed and interesting hero and one of the best and gifted WW1 poets.
Excellent source of detailed knowledge about Sassoon's early life which I very much enjoyed reading. The one drawback was her commentary on the poems. I found some of these stilted and with little to say.