SASSOON, SIEGFRIED (1886-1967)
AUTOGRAPH EXTENSIVELY REVISED POETICAL NOTEBOOK PRIMARILY FOR THE 1920s WITH NEARLY 50 UNPUBLISHED POEMS, captioned on the upper cover 'Verse not prose thank G*D', containing some sixty poems in various states of composition, in pen and ink and pencil, some first drafts, others entered in as fair copies from other notebooks, some beginning as fair copies and subsequently revised (many significantly), preserving innumerable reconsidered readings, many precisely dated between 1923 and 1929 (the last dated 1932), 33 pages, slightly loose, some evidence of lines in pencil rubbed out, decorative hand drawn endpapers by Sassoon, one entitled 'The Heart's Journey', the other captioned '...Release my Soul through every door of sense...', buff linen boards, small folio [mostly 1920s]
(January 14. 1928)
Nothing of him who lived remains
Where day by day he watched the years.
Haggard the winter evening falls.
Like long lament the twilight rains
Infinitude of tragic tears,
And the wind wails about his walls.
Here, where a friend might well forget
His greatness, - so indulged he those
Who knew him like a homely story, -
One life's devotion mourns him yet;
While round the world in rumour goes
The incandescence of his glory.
THIS VOLUME IS THE KEY REPOSITORY OF SASSOON'S POETRY IN THE 1920s.
This important manuscript has eleven poems (mostly drafts) that are to be found in Collected Poems and forty-nine poems which are not published there or noted as published in Geoffrey Keynes's Bibliography of Siegfried Sassoon.
Among the titles of poems in this volume are: A Midnight Interior; Sleep; Doxology de-luxe; The Fear of Death; Beethoven - Apotheosis; De Profundis; Blake Saw Them; To the Stars; Strangeness of Heart; On Passing the New Menin Gate; Max Gate; Prelude to the Heart's Journey; Thomas Hardy is Dead; An Apology for the Life of a Poet; A Victory; The Heart's Paradise; and Farewell to Fol-de-Rols.
PROVENANCE: Siegfried Sassoon; George Sassoon.