Sassoon Journals : Journal, 9 May 1918-2 Feb. 1919

Sassoon Journals

<p>The volume is a grid ruled notebook and mostly comprises diary entries written in France (at Domvast, Magnicourt and Habarcq) and notes of social engagements upon Sassoon's return to England (after receiving a head wound). Contents include:</p> <p>Diary entries:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(8);return false;'>3v-4r</a>]. Col. Campbell's lecture on 'the spirit of the bayonet'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(32);return false;'>15v-16r</a>]. an entry concerning poet 'Bob' [Robert] Nicholls</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(55);return false;'>27r-27v</a>]. notes on the loss of a notebook for 18 June-19 August 1918 and on being wounded in France</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(57);return false;'>28r</a>] & [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(59);return false;'>29r</a>]. meeting in England with Winston Churchill</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(58);return false;'>28v</a>]. on the death of Robbie Ross</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(61);return false;'>30r-31r</a>]. meeting in England with Thomas Hardy</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(64);return false;'>31v</a>]. on the armistice</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Prose passages:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(26);return false;'>11v</a>]. commendatory 'Note on my servant' Private John Law</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(52);return false;'>25v-26r</a>]. 'Difficulties', begins 'I am beginning to realise the difficulties of combining the functions of soldier and poet!'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(54);return false;'>26v</a>]. 'Supreme Sacrifice'</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Drafts of poetry:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(36);return false;'>17v</a>]. 'Reward'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(44);return false;'>21v</a>]. 'Colin', begins 'One by one they've passed across the scene'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(104);return false;'>51v</a>]. 'The Patriot'</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Quotations:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(10);return false;'>4v-5r</a>]. extracts from censored letters</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(15);return false;'>7r</a>]. 'A Militaristic Curiosity' (from General Routine Orders 2901): 'Blood Transfusions' and 3055 'Exhumations'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(16);return false;'>7v</a>]. no author given, 'Extracts from Experiences of a Division in recent Fighting'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(16);return false;'>7v</a>], [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(21);return false;'>10r-10v</a>]. Duhamel, begins 'To make up one's mind to die', and other passages</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(51);return false;'>25r</a>]. Adjutant, 25th R[oyal] W[elsh] F[usiliers], on returning company books to the office on time</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(105);return false;'>52r</a>]. Aldous Huxley, 'Plaint'</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Other:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(4);return false;'>1v</a>]. locations and dates of time spent at or near the Western Front</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(101);return false;'>50r</a>]. list of poems published and in which publication</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(4);return false;'>1v</a>], [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(96);return false;'>47v-48r</a>], [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(102);return false;'>50v-51r</a>] and [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(107);return false;'>53r-54r</a>]. acquaintances' contact details</li> </ul> <br /> <p>N.B. Enclosures and detached folios are to be found in a separate envelope. The foliation is the archivist's. Blank from folios [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(87);return false;'>43r-47r</a>].</p>

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