Sassoon Journals : Journal, 17 Nov. 1915-13 Mar. 1916

Sassoon Journals

<p>The volume is a ruled notebook and mainly comprises diary entries. Contents include:</p> <p>Diary entries:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(11);return false;'>5r</a>]. descriptions of the journey to France and to base camp at Etaples</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(12);return false;'>5v</a>]. the march to Festubert</li> <li>Robert Graves [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(13);return false;'>6r</a>] and his poetry [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(15);return false;'>7r</a>] </li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(15);return false;'>7r-8r</a>]. the march to Bourecq, with descriptions of his fellow soldiers</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(17);return false;'>8r</a>]. his wish for 'a genuine taste of the horrors'</li> <li>descriptions of Bourecq [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(19);return false;'>9r</a>], Montagne [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(20);return false;'>9v</a>] and the Somme Valley [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(28);return false;'>13v</a>] </li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(36);return false;'>17v</a>]. a brigade field day between Lincheux and Fricourt</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(43);return false;'>21r</a>]. his appointment as Transport Officer</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(44);return false;'>21v</a>]. a visit to Amiens</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(48);return false;'>23v</a>]. the march to Morlancourt</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(56);return false;'>27v</a>]. his battalion at the Front Line near Fricourt</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(57);return false;'>28r</a>]. notice of leave taken in England</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(73);return false;'>36r</a>]. impressions on leaving Southampton</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Drafts of poetry:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(27);return false;'>13r</a>]. 'A Child's Faith', later called 'A Poet's Faith' or 'Simpleton'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(28);return false;'>13v</a>]. 'A Man's Faith', later called 'Brothers'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(30);return false;'>14v</a>]. 'The Prince of Peace', later called 'The Prince of Wounds'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(32);return false;'>15v</a>]. 'Testament'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(36);return false;'>17v</a>]. 'To Victory'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(40);return false;'>19v</a>]. 'Druids'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(41);return false;'>20r</a>]. 'January'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(42);return false;'>20v</a>]. 'Glory: 1916'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(51);return false;'>25r</a>] 'In the Pink'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(52);return false;'>25v</a>]. 'Love' and 'The Rainbow'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(53);return false;'>26r</a>]. 'The Silver Stems' and 'Falling Asleep'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(54);return false;'>26v-27r</a>]. 'Pastoral'</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Quotations:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(10);return false;'>4v</a>]. Walter de la Mare's 'Music' and Gordon Bottomley's 'Remorse' and 'Youth'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(81);return false;'>32r</a>]. Robert Graves' 'Willaree'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(80);return false;'>32v</a>]. Robert Graves' 'The Morning before the Battle'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(79);return false;'>33r</a>]. Robert Graves' 'On Finding myself a Soldier'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(78);return false;'>33v</a>]. Robert Graves' 'Ghost Music'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(77);return false;'>34r</a>]. Robert Graves' 'In the Wilderness'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(76);return false;'>34v</a>]. Robert Graves' 'The Face of the Heavens'</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Other:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(7);return false;'>3r</a>]. sketch of a man leaning on a table, largely erased</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(69);return false;'>38r</a>]. lists of members of his ?battalion</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(4);return false;'>1v-4r</a>]; [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(65);return false;'>39v-40r</a>]. acquaintances' contact details</li> </ul> <br /> <p>N.B. Sassoon wrote from both ends of this notebook; from ff. [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(82);return false;'>32r-40v</a>] entries resume from the opposite end. Enclosures are to be found in a separate envelope. The foliation is the archivist's.</p>

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