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Siegfried Sassoon was a member of a fabulous family of Jewish merchant princes that arrived in England in 1858. Within a few years, the Sassoon clan held two baronetcies and sent its sons to exclusive schools like Marlborough and Cambridge. Siegfried was a happy-go-lucky steeplechase rider who distinguished himself in World War I and emerged a poet, writer, and pacifist. He produced a series of three semi-autobiographical novels and three volumes of memoirs, the most famous of which was Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man (1928). Near the end of his life he converted to Roman Catholicism. After his death, his only son George gave access to his original diaries and other unpublished papers to Jean Moorcroft Wilson for a compendious two-volume biography, Siegfried Sassoon (1998-2003), and to Max Egremont for the authorized biography, Siegfried Sassoon: A Life (2005).
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