Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon, 1886–1967, English poet and novelist. A heroic and decorated officer in World War I, he nonetheless expressed his conviction of the brutality and waste of war in grim, forceful, realistic verse—The Old Huntsman (1917), Counter-Attack (1918), Satirical Poems (1926), Vigils (1935), Sequences (1957), and others. His fictional, semiautobiographical trilogy—Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man (1928), Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (1930), Sherston's Progress (1936)—was collected as The Memoirs of George Sherston (1937). Sassoon also wrote several autobiographical works—The Old Century and Seven More Years (1938), The Weald of Youth (1942), and Siegfried's Journey (1945)—and a biography of George Meredith (1948).

See his Collected Poems, 1908–1956 (1961); biographies by J. M. Wilson (2 vol., 1998–2003), J. S. Roberts (1999), and M. Egremont (2005).

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Collected Poems
Siegfried Sassoon.
Viking Press, 1949
FREE! Counter-Attack: And Other Poems
Siegfried Sassoon.
E.P. Dutton, 1918
Meredith
Siegfried Sassoon.
Viking Press, 1948
Selected Poems
Siegfried Sassoon.
W. Heinemann, 1925
The Red Harvest: A Cry for Peace
Vincent Godfrey Burns.
Macmillan, 1930
Librarian’s tip: Includes multiple poems by Siegfried Sassoon
FREE! Modern British Poetry
Louis Untermeyer.
Harcourt, Brace & Howe, 1920
Librarian’s tip: "Siegfried Sassoon" begins on p. 187
105 Greatest Living Authors Present the World's Best Stories, Humor, Drama, Biography, History, Essays, Poetry
Whit Burnett.
Dial Press, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "Siegfried Sassoon" begins on p. 529
A War of Individuals: Bloomsbury Attitudes to the Great War
Jonathan Atkin.
Manchester University Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Siegfried Sassoon begins on p. 110
The Georgian Revolt, 1910-1922: Rise and Fall of a Poetic Ideal
Robert H. Ross.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1965
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Siegfried Sassoon begins on p. 145
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