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Journal, 5 Oct. 1929-22 July 1930 (with some later annotation in Siegfried Sassoon's hand)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/1/30

Scope and Contents

The volume is a ruled notebook marked '1929.II.1930.I' and mostly comprises diary entries and reflective passages.

It also includes:

- notes on the reception of Robert Graves's 'Goodbye to all that': /128v-129r.

- notes on a visit to Max Gate and a conversation while at tea and lunch with W.B. Yeats: /133r-136v.

- a note of the sales figures for 'Memoirs': /2v.

- 'list of things to be done in the first four weeks after my return [from Italy]': /89r.

- drafts of poetry: /126v. Untitled, begins 'Memoirs continued, first perused by Max'; /127r. 'Enjoying the life of Cowper'; /127v-128. Untitled, begins 'Do I misread'; /127v. 'Keeping the Game Alive'; /136r. 'On an Editor who has shaved off his moustache on retirement from office'; /136r. 'A Scotch Cameo', couplet.

- list of literary work completed: /2r.

- plans of rooms: /116r; /134r; 135r.

- copies of correspondence: /47r-49r. Copy of a letter from Sassoon to R[obert] Graves re exasperation caused by his book, inaccuracies therein, and his previous offensive behaviour, 6 February 1930; /128r. Published letter from J.J. Astor to Sassoon re an imperial press conference, 6 February 1930.

- quotations of various writers on war and the post war situation: Thomas Hardy; Robert Bridges; Rudyard Kipling; John Galsworthy; George Bernard Shaw; Hall Caine; E. Gosse; Rothermere; Curzon of Kedleston; Cosmo [Gordon Lang]; Randall [Davidson]; H.H. Asquith; Grey of Fallodon: /124v-126r.

- acquaintances' contact details: /2v.

- list of monies spent: /82r.

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

- list of books taken away, including a list of some read by Stephen Tennant: /132v.

- pasted in press cuttings: /1r. Announcement of the value of the estate of Ellen Gosse; /92v. Advertisement for a copy of 'A Shropshire Lad' which belonged to Robbie Ross; /94r. Arnold Bennett's review of Humbert Wolfe's 'The Uncelestial City'.

N.B. There are no loose enclosures or detached folios. The foliation is the archivist's.


  • Creation: 5 Oct. 1929-22 July 1930 (with some later annotation in Siegfried Sassoon's hand)


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 cloth covers, patterned endpapers, elasticated tie, 136 ff.) paper) : paper

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Related Materials

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

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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