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Siegfried Sassoon - The First Complete Biography of One of Our Greatest War Poets by [Roberts, John Stuart]
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Siegfried Sassoon is mostly remembered for the devastating poetry he wrote during World War One as a result of leading his troops "over the top" to certain death. This episode in his life--when he was sent to military hospital suffering from shell-shock and his heroic return to the Front--is covered extensively in his own writing, and has overshadowed his later literary output. But his more mature poetry is resuscitated in this sensitive, exhaustively researched biography. As well as recounting the friendships "Siggy" famously had with fellow poets Robert Graves and Wilfred Owen, Roberts delves into the more private arena of Sassoon's covert homosexuality and his ill-fated marriage. We learn about Sassoon the passionate golfer and bloodthirsty fox-hunter, all of which adds greater depth to this complex man. Roberts also digs deep into his subject's psyche to reveal a fixation with father figures which started during the War when he was under analysis (and arose from the early death of his father); and uncovers new sources of information concerning Sassoon's conversion to Catholicism. This fresh material means that the earlier life is somewhat neglected, but, then, as Sassoon himself said "My real biography is my poetry." --Lilian Pizzichini

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'Moving... An immensely readable biography' --The Times Literary Supplement

'A magnificent books... It's first rate in every direction' --Rupert Hart-Davis

'A fine engrossing, sympathetic study of Sassoon' --The Times

'A magnificent books... It's first rate in every direction' --Rupert Hart-Davis

'A fine engrossing, sympathetic study of Sassoon' --The Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1793 KB
  • Print Length: 593 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1843581388
  • Publisher: Metro (28 Feb. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BAHDLL2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #283,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 12 Jan. 2001
Format: Hardcover
John Stuart Roberts has written the very first full biography of the war poet. Although Sassoon died in 1967, this excellent book proves that it was worth waiting over thirty years for such a biography. Roberts' thorough and original research has enabled him to produce a trenchant insight into both the man and his poetry. The author handles the complexity of the man with enthusiasm, sensitivity and skill. This is no turgid tome, but a sharp and engaging study of a great twentieth century poet.
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I read this shortly on its publication after seeing the author at the Cheltenham Literature Festival interviewed along with Sebastian Faulkes and Pat Barker. He struck me as such a genuine, unpretencious man with a great enthusiasm for his subject. After reading the book, I wrote to him expressing my appreciation and received a lovely reply by return of post! If he reads this, I have since remarried and changed my surname, which very strangely was the same as the previous reviewer.... A very sensitively written book.
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The only disappointment in this meaty yet readable biography of Siegfried Sassoon is the large number of typographical errors, which suggest inadequate proof-reading on the part of the publisher. Apart from that, it's a celebration of the life and work of one of Britain's most under-rated poets, written by a genuine enthusiast. The author's affection and understanding shine through the narrative.
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