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# - Sassoon, Siegfried.
FINE AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ("SIEGFRIED SASSOON"), TO W.E.R. FAIRLEY
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# - Sassoon, Siegfried.
FINE AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ("SIEGFRIED SASSOON"), TO W.E.R. FAIRLEY
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 1,875 GBP
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# - Sassoon, Siegfried.
FINE AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ("SIEGFRIED SASSOON"), TO W.E.R. FAIRLEY

a remarkably candid and detailed letter explaining why he supplemented "Sherston" with "Sassoon" in The Old Centurydiscussing his development as a writer, referring to his war experiences and w.h.rivers ("one of the finest men I've ever known"), and disclosing the identities behind the pseudonyms in Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, 2 closely written pages, small 4to, Heytesbury House, Wiltshire, 18 January 1939, two small pieces of tape near top edge (not obscuring text)

[together with:] The Old Century and Seven More Years. Faber and Faber, 1938, first edition, 8vo, original cloth, ownership inscription in ink on front endpaper, extremities worn


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"...I began the Foxhunting Man with the idea of eliminating myself and using my sporting experiences as a thread for the narrative. It was my first prose book, & I was an amateur, feeling my way...I eliminated all my family history...& made Sherston a sort of country cousin of my real self. As the Trilogy progressed, I put more & more of myself into it. All the War part is exact autobiography..."

"...In 'The Old Century' I have tried to begin a description of the growth of a poet's mind...I made [it] as harmonious & happy as I could -- partly because human memory is a mechanism which does eliminate...unpleasant things; & partly because I wanted to give my readers pleasure, & relief from the harassing uncertainties of this very bad period through which we are passing..."

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