Sassoon Journals : Journal, 11 Apr. 1917-2 June 1917

Sassoon Journals

<p>The volume is a grid ruled notebook and mostly comprises diary entries and notes of social engagements written while at war in France and while convalescing in England. Contents include:</p> <p>Diary entries:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(5);return false;'>2r-10r</a>]. an attack on Fontaine-les-Croisilles on the Hindenburg Line near Arras and receiving a shoulder wound (on 16th April)</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(22);return false;'>10v-12v</a>]. 'Things to Remember' (impressions on the attack)</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(36);return false;'>17v-18v</a>]. 'In the Ward. Morning' (written in hospital in London)</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(46);return false;'>22v-24v</a>]. 'In the Ward (ii)'</li> <li>entries written while convalescing in London ( [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(51);return false;'>25r</a>] and [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(56);return false;'>27v-28r)</a>] </li> <li>entries written while convalescing at Chapelwood Manor, Nutley, Sussex ( [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(64);return false;'>31v-39r</a>], [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(85);return false;'>42r-42v</a>], [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(112);return false;'>48r-50r)</a>] including mention of his need to make a protest against the War [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(116);return false;'>48r</a>].</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Prose passages:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(80);return false;'>39v-41v</a>]. 'A Conversation'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(119);return false;'>45v-46v</a>]. a draft of Sassoon's statement against the conduct of the war, with related notes</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(98);return false;'>55v-57r</a>]. 'The Wakening'</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Drafts of poetry:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(31);return false;'>15r-16r</a>]. untitled [later called 'Rear Guard']</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(34);return false;'>16v-17r</a>]. 'The Warmongers'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(39);return false;'>19r-20r</a>]. 'Wounded'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(44);return false;'>21v</a>]. 'Reprieved'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(52);return false;'>25v-27r</a>]. 'The Rest Cure', later called 'Hospital Routine'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(58);return false;'>28v</a>]. 'Sniped'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(60);return false;'>29v-30v</a>]. untitled, begins 'I know your body is but the dress you wear'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(74);return false;'>36v-37r</a>]. untitled, notes for a poem beginning 'Cruelty of the body'</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Quotations:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(87);return false;'>43r-45r</a>]. extracts 'From letters and reviews about my book'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(111);return false;'>50v</a>]. A.E. [George Russell], begins 'the Heaven of heavens' and 'Refuge'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(109);return false;'>51r</a>]. R. Burns, begins 'When I think on the Happy Days'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(109);return false;'>51r-51v</a>]. L. Binyon, 'The English Youth'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(107);return false;'>52r-52v</a>]. Margaret Woods, begins 'In many a place does this white morn of May' and 'Aeromancy'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(106);return false;'>53r</a>]. R.L. Stevenson, begins 'I suppose none of us recognise'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(102);return false;'>53v-55r</a>]. and [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(95);return false;'>57v-58v</a>]. various authors and sources</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(94);return false;'>59r</a>]. Randall [Davidson], 'The War and the Gospel'</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Other:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(41);return false;'>20r</a>]. list of [moneys received?] from newspapers for poetry printed</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(45);return false;'>22r</a>]. number of poems published by name of publication</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(28);return false;'>13v-14r</a>]. notes from military briefing meetings, together with a copy of an operation order (catalogued as <a href='/view/MS-ADD-09852-00001-00009/129'>MS Add.9852.1.9.1</a>)</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(104);return false;'>54r</a>]. list of members of his battalion and their fates</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(92);return false;'>60r</a>]. acquaintances' contact details</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(93);return false;'>59v</a>]. list of visitors to the hospital</li> <li></li> <li></li> </ul> <br /> <p>N.B. Sassoon wrote from both ends of this notebook; from folio [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(121);return false;'>45v</a>] entries resume from the back of the notebook. There are no loose enclosures or detached folios. The foliation is the archivist's.</p>

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