Siegfried Sassoon


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Sassoon, Siegfried,

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 MeredithMeredith, George,
1828–1909, English novelist and poet. One of the great English novelists, Meredith wrote complex, often comic yet highly cerebral works that contain striking psychological character studies.
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 (1948).

Bibliography

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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The 2014 anthology Above the Dreamless Dead aims to change that, pairing works of many of the poets (the best known of whom is probably Wilfred Owen, along with Siegfried Sassoon, another Jew) with sequential art by leading American and European graphic artists.
On Active Service: 1914 - 1918" includes works from poets including Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, whose experiences on the front line inspired some of England's most famous poems.
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I am making this statement as an act of willful defiance of military authority, because I believe the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it", said Siegfried Sassoon in July 1917.
Set against a white cyclorama, it made a perfect framework for Stephen Macdonald's powerful play (directed by Eliot Giuralarocca) which tells the story of two of the finest war poets, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.