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Journal, 12 Mar. 1927-28 Sep. 1927

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/1/25
Journal, 12 Mar. 1927-28 Sep. 1927
Journal, 12 Mar. 1927-28 Sep. 1927

Scope and Contents

The volume is a ruled notebook marked '1927-II' and mostly comprises diary entries. These include passages on: /48r. meeting Stephen Tennant; /55r-56r, /59v-63r. Robert Graves; /69r-73v. meeting Ellen Terry; /81r-124r. Sassoon's trip to Belgium, France, Austria and Germany with Frankie Schuster, Glen Byam Shaw, John Philbin and Anzie Wylde, with reminiscences about the Great War; and passages relating to the Sitwells, Edmund Blunden, and Edmund Gosse, among others.

The journal also includes:

- drafts of poetry: /2v. 'A wolf was there', later called 'The Claimant'; /125v. untitled, begins 'Who shall remember gazing on this Gate'; /128r. untitled, begins 'Your mother sat and watched the sky strewn river'; /128v-129r. 'After a visit to de la Mare'; /129v. 'How shall a man keep faith with his own soul'.

- a quotation from Bacon, begins 'a mind fixed and bent upon somewhat that is good': /1v.

- a list of locations of nights spent away from home on short visits in England and a tour of Belgium, Germany, Austria and France: /1v-2r.

- a sketch of the Sitwells: /55r.

- acquaintances' contact details: /129r, /130r.

- a list of monies spent: /129v.

- a list of correspondence received: /130r.

- lists of distances between towns his European tour: /129v.

- pasted in press cuttings: /2r. announcement of the death of Rachel Beer; /124v. obituary for L[eo] F[rancis] [Howard] Schuster.

N.B. After folio /125v entries resume from the back of the notebook. Enclosures are to be found in a separate envelope. The foliation is the archivist's.


  • Creation: 12 Mar. 1927-28 Sep. 1927


Conditions Governing Access

This notebook and its enclosures have been digitised and can be viewed in full on the Cambridge Digital Library. The original items are currently unavailable for consultation due to their poor physical condition.


1 volume(s) (1 volume (maroon card covers, patterned endpapers, elasticated tie, 130 ff.); 1 envelope paper) : paper

1 envelope(s) (1 volume (maroon card covers, patterned endpapers, elasticated tie, 130 ff.); 1 envelope paper)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The front cover is cracked. Folios /24, /37-38, /57 & /126-127 have been partially cut or torn away.

Related Materials

For a transcript of this diary by Rupert Hart-Davis, see MS Add.9852/12/7/1/2.

Repository Details

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