- Biography & Memoir
The definitive biography of one of the twentieth century’s finest poets, Siegfried Sassoon combines material from The Making of a War Poet and The Journey from the Trenches, the two bestselling volumes on Sassoon from his biographer and foremost scholar, Jean Moorcroft Wilson. Encompassing the poet’s complete life and works, from his patriotic youth that led him to the frontline, to the formation of his anti-war convictions, great literary friendships and flamboyant love affairs, this single-volume opus also includes new poems only just come to light. With over a decade’s research, and unparalleled access to Sassoon’s private correspondence, Wilson presents the complete portrait, both elegant and heartfelt, of an extraordinary man, and an extraordinary poet.
'Briskly-paced and thorough' Daily Mail
'A tour de force..one of the finest critical biographies of our time and an important addition to understanding the impact of the Great War' Gladys Mary Coles, Friends of the Dymock Poets Newlsetter
'If one needs to discover what drove this man to be both warrior and pacifist, poet and novelist and also to explore opposing aspects of sexuality, then look no further... As an insight into a poet's life, it doesn't come any better' Kent Life
'A great story and Jean Moorcroft Wilson who has spent more than a decade researching her subject does it full justice...adds a lot that's fresh including discussion of previously undiscovered poems and Sassoon's rich store of letters, as well as binding the life and art into a gripping narrative' Camden New Journal