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Siegfried Sassoon: A Life by Max Egremont
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Siegfried Sassoon: A Life

by Max Egremont

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This biography had its moments, but after reading through two-thirds of the book, I had to finally put it down. I plodded through his childhood and prep school, however, the real reason I brought this book was to learn more about his war years. After that seminal, horrific event, he seems to have become lost and directionless. I guess I lost patience and wasn't willing to wait until he eventually "found" himself. ( )
  zenitsky | Jun 29, 2010 |
This is an astoundingly good biography, telling in proper chronological order the life of Sassoon (born 8 Sep 1886, died 1 Sept 1967). The years after the war were hard to read about in that he was promiscuously homosexual and one of his partners, Stephen Tennant, was repulsive in the extreme. But then joy (for me) came as Sassoon turned from that deviant life to marry (though the marriage foundered, but there was no divorce) and have a son, and on 14 Aug 1957 he became a Catholic. I greatly appreciated this well-written and excellent biography, ending so well as it did. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jul 30, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374263752, Hardcover)

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 the most famous young writers of the time, a mentor to Wilfred Owen, and admired by Winston Churchill and T.E. Lawrence. He joined the Labour Party, became literary editor of the socialist Daily Herald, and began close friendships with Thomas Hardy and E.M. Forster, while trying to adapt his poetry to peacetime. Then Sassoon fell in love with the artistocratic aesthete Stephen Tennant, who led him into his group of Bright Young Things who inspired the early novels of Evelyn Waugh. At the demise of his passionate and fraught relationship with Tennant, Sassoon suddenly married the beautiful Hester Gatty in 1933 and retreated to a quiet country life until their eventual estrangement and Sassoon's subsequent conversion to Catholicism.

From his famous war poems to the gentler vision of his prose, Sassoon wrote masterfully of war and lost idylls, and this work and its complex author are brilliantly illuminated in Max Egremont's definitive biography.

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"Siegfried Sassoon was born in 1886 in Kent, and began writing poetry 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."."By 1918 Sassoon found himself one of the most famous young writers of the time, a mentor to Wilfred Owen and admired by Winston Churchill and T. E. Lawrence. He joined the Labour Party, became literary editor of the socialist Daily Herald, and began close friendships with Thomas Hardy and E. M. Forster while trying to adapt his poetry to peacetime. Then Sassoon fell in love with the artistocratic aesthete Stephen Tennant, who led him into his group of Bright Young Things (who inspired the early novels of Evelyn Waugh). In 1933, upon the demise of his passionate and fraught relationship with Tennant, Sassoon suddenly married the beautiful Hester Gatty and retreated to a quiet country life until the couple's eventual estrangement and Sassoon's subsequent conversion to Catholicism."."Throughout the course of this turbulent life, Sassoon produced a body of work unequaled by his contemporaries. From his famous war poems to the gentler vision of his prose, Sassoon wrote masterfully of war and lost idylls."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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