Journal, 8 Jan. 1921-11 July 1922 (with later annotations dated 1926, 1949 & 1967)
Scope and Contents
The volume is a plain notebook titled 'Journal 1921', written while living at 54 Tufton Street. It is entirely comprised of diary entries in an unusually fair hand together with many later annotations and expurgated sections.
- quotations from Conrad, Sir J. Davies, Pope, Bertrand Russell, Goethe and Stendhal: /1b (r)-1b(v).
- list of social engagements: /7r, 8r.
- mention of the suicide of young Holloway at Nellie Burton's lodgings at Half Moon Street: /9r.
- Sassoon's work for 'The Nation' on the collieries in South Wales: /16r.
- his mother's opinion of G [Gabriel Atkin]: /26r-27r. - meeting David Cecil: /47r.
- visits from E.M. Forster: /57r & /76r. - comments on Hamo Thornycroft :/61r.
- meeting T.S. Eliot: /63r.
- point-to-point races with Norman Loder: /66r-67r.
- seeing J.W.H. Crosland again since his attacks on Robbie Ross with Lord Alfred Douglas: /68r.
- on Robert Graves and his own less than cordial behaviour towards him: /7r, /77r-78r & /91r; and on meeting Graves with T.E. Lawrence: /78r-79r.
- on Blunden and on the sexual element to his friendships with Robert Graves and Toronto [Frank] Prewett: /90r-91r.
- the death and funeral of William Halse Rivers, with reminiscences: /92r, /94r-95r, /97r.
- on dinners with the Gosses: /93r.
- on visits to the de la Mares :/110r
It also includes mention of stays at Garsington (home of Lady Ottoline Morrell) and numerous references to Osbert and Edith Sitwell, 'Little' [Edmund] Blunden, Frankie Schuster, Bob Nichols, Thomas Hardy, Eddie Marsh, and W.H. Davies, among others.
N.B. A detached folio is to be found in a separate envelope. The foliation is mainly original. Some of the entries in this notebook are copied from the journal at MS Add.9852/1/18.
- 8 Jan. 1921-11 July 1922 (with later annotations dated 1926, 1949 & 1967)
Conditions Governing Access
This notebook has been digitised and can be viewed in full on the Cambridge Digital Library at http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-ADD-09852-00001-00017/1. The original item is currently unavailable for consultation due to its poor physical condition.
1 volume(s) (1 volume (green vellum, decorated endpapers, 120 ff.); 1 envelope paper) : paper
1 envelope(s) (1 volume (green vellum, decorated endpapers, 120 ff.); 1 envelope paper)
Language of Materials
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
many folios have been wholly or partially cut away: folios /10-11, /24, /30-34, /39-41, /46, /72-75, /80, /98, /105-106, /112-113 are not extant; folio /116 is detached.
- Atkin, Gabriel, 1897-1937 (artist)
- Barrie, Sir James Matthew, 1860-1937 (Baronet, playwright and novelist)
- Blunden, Edmund Charles, 1896-1974 (poet)
- Eliot, Thomas Stearns, 1888-1965 (poet)
- Forster, Edward Morgan, 1879-1970 (novelist and critic)
- Graves, Robert von Ranke, 1895-1985 (poet and author)
- Head, Henry, 1861-1940 (neurologist)
- Lawrence, Arnold Walter, 1900-1991 (archaeologist)
- Marsh, Sir Edward Howard, 1872-1953 (Knight, public servant and patron of the arts)
- Morrell, Lady Ottoline Violet Anne, 1873-1938 (née Cavendish-Bentinck, hostess and literary patron)
- Prewett, Frank James, 1893-1962 (poet, writer and farmer)
- Rivers, William Halse Rivers, 1864-1922 (psychologist and anthropologist)
- Schuster, Leo Frank, 1852-1927 (patron of the arts)
- Sitwell, Dame Edith Louisa, 1887-1964 (poet, critic and eccentric)
- Sitwell, Sir Francis Osbert Sacheverell, 1892-1969 (5th Baronet Sitwell and author)
- Thornycroft, Sir William Hamo, 1850-1925 (Knight, sculptor)
- From the Fonds: Sassoon, Siegfried Loraine, 1886-1967 (poet and author) (Person)