Sassoon Journals : Journal, 20 May 1916-31 Oct. 1916

Sassoon Journals

<p>The volume is a ruled notebook and mostly comprises diary entries written in France (chiefly at Morlancourt, Fricourt, and the front line). Contents include:</p> <p>Diary entries:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(5);return false;'>2r-7r</a>]. accounts of his last day at the Fourth Army School [Flixécourt], trip to Abbeville, and return to Morlancourt</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(16);return false;'>7v-8r</a>]. activity at Fricourt</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(19);return false;'>9r-14r</a>]. descriptions of a raiding party of 25-27th May [for which Sassoon was awarded the Military Cross]</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(42);return false;'>20v</a>]. a description of his dug-out and of feeling 'shut-in'</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Drafts of poetry (some partial):</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(18);return false;'>8v</a>]. untitled, begins 'When stars are out its fun to think of dying'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(53);return false;'>26r</a>]. untitled ['A Ballad']</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(54);return false;'>26v-27r</a>]. untitled, begins 'A man of many sorrows, Captain Blugg'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(56);return false;'>27v</a>]. 'A testimonial'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(57);return false;'>28r</a>]. one line: 'The Nation smiled; for in the morning papers' (remainder erased)</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(58);return false;'>28v-29r</a>]. untitled, begins 'Poor Captain Gray was wounded in the calf'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(60);return false;'>29v</a>]. erased poem beginning ['His mother kissed him when he went away']</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(110);return false;'>42v-43r</a>]. draft of sections of the poem later called 'David Cleek'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(107);return false;'>44v</a>]. erased poem beginning ['I hear the murmur of their voices']</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(106);return false;'>45r</a>] & [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(104);return false;'>46r</a>]. untitled, begins 'Know then that I was born to seek the grail', later printed as 'The Poet as Hero'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(102);return false;'>46v-47r</a>]. 'In Ramah was heard a voice'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(100);return false;'>48r</a>]. erased work (unidentified)</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(96);return false;'>48v-50r</a>]. 'Après la guerre', later called 'They'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(93);return false;'>51r-51v</a>]. untitled, begins 'The papers told the public'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(90);return false;'>52r-53r</a>]. 'In the Know' [later called 'The Tombstone-Maker']</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(89);return false;'>53v</a>]. untitled, begins 'When Arthur joined the army'</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Fair copy poetry:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(112);return false;'>41v-42r</a>]. 'David Cleek'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(101);return false;'>47v</a>]. 'They'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(84);return false;'>56r</a>]. 'The Cyssan'</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Sketches and doodles:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(13);return false;'>6r</a>]. preparatory sketch for a water colour of a stained glass window, together with a description</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(17);return false;'>8r</a>]. a hillside with trees and a trench</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(105);return false;'>45v</a>]. abstract image, perhaps a body and propeller</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Other:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(30);return false;'>14v-15r</a>]. copy of an official report on the raid carried out by the 1st Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers on the night of 25th-26th May, together with lists of members of the raiding and evacuating party and their fates</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(108);return false;'>43r-44r</a>]; [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(87);return false;'>54v</a>]. cricket match scores</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(85);return false;'>55r-55v</a>]. list of words beginning with the letter 'A' or 'B' entitled 'Clean-bred English words', together with words in Old English</li> </ul> <br /> <p> N.B. Sassoon wrote from both ends of this notebook; after folio [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(113);return false;'>41v</a>] entries resume from the opposite end. Folios [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(61);return false;'>30r-41r</a>] are blank. Enclosures are to be found in a separate envelope. The foliation is the archivist's. </p>

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