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

Sassoon Journals

<p style='text-align: justify;'>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 style='text-align: justify;'>Diary entries:</p><p style='text-align: justify;'><div><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)<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(22);return false;'>10v-12v</a>. 'Things to Remember' (impressions on the attack)<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(36);return false;'>17v-18v</a>. 'In the Ward. Morning' (written in hospital in London)<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(46);return false;'>22v-24v</a>. 'In the Ward (ii)'<br />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><br />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>.<br /></div><br /></p><br /><p style='text-align: justify;'>Prose passages:</p><p style='text-align: justify;'><div><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(80);return false;'>39v-41v</a>. 'A Conversation'<br /><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<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(98);return false;'>55v-57r</a>. 'The Wakening'<br /></div><br /></p><br /><p style='text-align: justify;'>Drafts of poetry:</p><p style='text-align: justify;'><div><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(31);return false;'>15r-16r</a>. untitled [later called 'Rear Guard']<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(34);return false;'>16v-17r</a>. 'The Warmongers'<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(39);return false;'>19r-20r</a>. 'Wounded'<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(44);return false;'>21v</a>. 'Reprieved'<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(52);return false;'>25v-27r</a>. 'The Rest Cure', later called 'Hospital Routine'<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(58);return false;'>28v</a>. 'Sniped'<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(60);return false;'>29v-30v</a>. untitled, begins 'I know your body is but the dress you wear'<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(74);return false;'>36v-37r</a>. untitled, notes for a poem beginning 'Cruelty of the body'<br /></div><br /></p><br /><p style='text-align: justify;'>Quotations:</p><p style='text-align: justify;'><div><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(87);return false;'>43r-45r</a>. extracts 'From letters and reviews about my book'<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(111);return false;'>50v</a>. A.E. [George Russell], begins 'the Heaven of heavens' and 'Refuge'<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(109);return false;'>51r</a>. R. Burns, begins 'When I think on the Happy Days'<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(109);return false;'>51r-51v</a>. L. Binyon, 'The English Youth'<br /><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'<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(106);return false;'>53r</a>. R.L. Stevenson, begins 'I suppose none of us recognise'<br /><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<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(94);return false;'>59r</a>. Randall [Davidson], 'The War and the Gospel'<br /></div><br /></p><br /><p style='text-align: justify;'>Other:</p><p style='text-align: justify;'><div><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(41);return false;'>20r</a>. list of [moneys received?] from newspapers for poetry printed<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(45);return false;'>22r</a>. number of poems published by name of publication<br /><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>)<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(104);return false;'>54r</a>. list of members of his battalion and their fates<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(92);return false;'>60r</a>. acquaintances' contact details<br /><a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(93);return false;'>59v</a>. list of visitors to the hospital<br /><br /><br /></div><br /></p><br /><p style='text-align: justify;'>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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