Siegfried Sassoon

A Life

Max Egremont

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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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 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 emerges from Max Egremont's biography as humane and gentle, sensitive as well as courageous, as a man of lasting historical and literary significance." --Wm. Roger Louis, former president, American Historical Association

"This is it. The thoroughly authentic, artistically intelligent biography we've been waiting for. The book is refreshingly rich and subtle as well as psychologically acute. Thank you, Max Egremont." --Paul Fussell, author of The Great War and Modern Memory


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Max Egremont was born in 1948 and studied modern history at Oxford University. In addition to four novels, he is the author of three biographies, most recently Under Two Flags: The Life of Major General Sir Edward Spears. Egremont is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Siegfried Sassoon
A Life
Max Egremont

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
December 2005
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374263751
ISBN10: 0374263752
6 x 9 inches, 656 pages, Includes 24 Pages of Black-and-White Illustrations, Notes, a Bibliography, and an Index
$35.00
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