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Lot 418
SASSOON, SIEGFRIED (1886-1967) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF 'SONNET WRITTEN DURING THE GENERAL STRIKE', [1926]
Sold for £3,750 (US$ 6,299) inc. premium
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SASSOON, SIEGFRIED (1886-1967)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF 'SONNET WRITTEN DURING THE GENERAL STRIKE', 14 lines, signed ('Siegfried Sassoon'), with the by-line 'The members of White's Club will be used as a flying-column', neatly written, 1 page, oblong octavo, not dated [1926]

Before we lorry away to smash the workers
Let's order treble whiskeys and be solemn;
Let's pray for Tanks in Piccadilly Circus,
And Ciro's (captured by our flying-column.)
Let's thank that bounder Winston for this chance
To crack the craniums of those Cup-Tie lads
Who (though a few of them were out in France)
Are now unpatriotic curs and cads.

Sassoon felt a 'tornado of emotions' prompted by the urge to help other outcasts like the miners and he and Osbert Sitwell attempted to persuade Beaverbrook to put the strikers' case through the editor of the Daily Express but he, Beverly Baxter, wanted to humiliate the miners. 'That's right', Sassoon shouted, 'Shoot them down! Shoot them down! You're like all the rest.'

POSSIBLY UNPUBLISHED: publication not traced.

REFERENCES: John Roberts, Siegfried Sassoon, 1999; Max Egremont, Siegfried Sassoon: A Biography, 2005.
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