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Notebook, 1940 (date approximate)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/7/2/4

Scope and Contents

The volume comprises heavily revised drafts of 'The Weald of Youth', together with notes on the progress of Sassoon's autobiography and 'Preliminaries for Part 3' (1914-1918); in pencil and ink. NB. The published chapter numbers to which the drafts relate are provided in brackets, where different. It includes: - abstract watercolour frontispiece and watercolour title ('The Weald of Youth'): /1r-2r. - note on Sassoon's writing schedule, with word counts: /2v. - note on the book, and structure and method: /3r-3v. - 'Preliminaries for Part 3 (Aug. 1914 - Nov. 1918)': notes for a short book, with mention of the influence of Rupert Brooke and Robert Graves on his poetry writing: /4r-4v. - note on railway travel: /7v. - '(Chap.X)': drafts concerning Gray's Inn, Rupert Brooke and London (relating to Chapters XIII-XIV): /9r-12v. - drafts and notes concerning 'Wirgie' [Helen Wirgman] (relating to Chapter XV): /5v-6r and /13r-15v. - '(Chapter XII)': drafts concerning Sassoon's great aunt Mozelle and Russian ballet (relating to Chapter XVI): /16r-19r. - 'Chap. XIII': drafts (loosely relating to Chapter XVII; includes unpublished sections on a trip to Selsey, the outbreak of War, and his uncle Hamo Thornycroft), with 'Note on the last two chapters of the book': /19r-27r. - 'Conclusion': partial draft and notes (relating to Chapter XVII): /27r-29r. - 'Chapter III': drafts concerning cricket and motorists (relating to Chapter IV): /40r-43r. - 'Chap. III': draft (relating to Chapter III): /45r-50; includes poem beginning 'Young people now - they don't know what the past was like': /48r. - draft concerning golf (relating to Chapter IV): /50r-53r. - 'Chapter IV': draft and notes concerning horse racing (relating to Chapter V): /54v-60r. NB. Partial foliation by Sassoon. Foliation by the archivist is in square brackets. References refer to archivist's foliation.


  • 1940 (date approximate)

Conditions Governing Access

Fragile - please handle with care.


1 volume(s) (1 volume (61 ff.))

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

cover not extant; the gatherings have become detached from the binding; folios /30-39 and /44 are blank; folio /39 is torn.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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