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Journal, 11 Jan. 1928-28 June 1928

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/1/27

Scope and Contents

The volume is a ruled notebook marked '1928-I' and mostly comprises diary entries. There are notes throughout on the progress of Sassoon's literary work (number of words written).

The volume also includes:

- drafts of poetry: /1v. Couplets on the subjects of poetry, writing novels and being an author; /133v. 'How A[rnold] B[ennett] reviewed a new volume of The Telephone Directory', later called 'The Paris Telephone Directory'.

- a list of literary work completed: /2r.

- copies of correspondence: /20v. From A.E. Housman to the Committee of the Royal Literary Fund in support of Edmund Blunden's application to the fund, 18 January 1928; /24v-25r. From H[enry] M[ajor] T[omlinson] to Sassoon re the funeral of Thomas Hardy and the upset caused by its organisation, January 1928.

- quotations: /1v. H.H. 'moving like someone who is afraid of spilling what he is carrying'; /1v. Nelly Burton, 'one vast substantial smile'; /1v. William Wordsworth, begins 'The common growth of mother earth'; /1v. Hooke, Knows and Cheetham, 'In Poetry 'a little message is a dangerous thing''; /109r. A verse for Sassoon written by Edmund Blunden, begins 'Dear Siegfried, while the busy crowd'.

- a list of locations of nights spent away from home: /1v-2r.

- pasted in press cuttings: /2v. 'The Rough and Smooth of Life'; /2v. 'The Heart of Reality'; /4r. Announcement of the death of Thomas Hardy; /13v. Re Thomas Hardy having poetry read to him on his death bed and patronage of younger poets; /50v. Re Humbert Wolfe's poems and a limited edition of 'A Heart's Desire'; /52v. Advertisement for the 'Annual Poetry Competition of the Empire Poetry League'; /58r. Listing for a radio broadcast of a concert conducted by William Walton; /76v. Image of Stephen Tennant at a pyjama party with other four other members of the 'Bright Young Things'; /90r. Head and shoulders image of Edmund Gosse.

- pasted in clipping from a bookseller's catalogue listing a work owned by Hardy as being inscribed to a contributor to Hardy's 80th birthday celebrations: /27v.

N.B. Enclosure and a detached folio are to be found in a separate envelope. The foliation is the archivist's.


  • Creation: 11 Jan. 1928-28 June 1928


Conditions Governing Access

From the Series:

The First World War journals and some post-war journals (MSS Add.9852/1/4-25 and 32) are unavailable for consultation due to their poor physical condition. Digital copies of these items are provided in the Sassoon Journals section of the Cambridge Digital Library, The other journals are available for consultation.


1 volume(s) (1 volume (maroon card covers, patterned endpapers, elasticated tie, 134 ff.); 1 envelope paper) : paper

1 envelope(s) (1 volume (maroon card covers, patterned endpapers, elasticated tie, 134 ff.); 1 envelope paper)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The binding is cracked. Folios /128 and /129 have been partially cut away. The /128 fragment is missing; the /129 fragment extant.

Related Materials

For Sassoon's reworked transcript of this diary, see MS Add.9852/2/2. For a full transcript by Rupert Hart-Davis, see MS Add.9852/12/7/1/4.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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