Siegfried Sassoon
His Life and Illustrated Bibliography

Limited Editions

This is the only web site that records the complete bibliography of the famous First World War soldier, poet and writer, Siegfried Sassoon. Illustrated here are all the books and pamphlets published by Sassoon in his lifetime; any contribution he has made to other books such as introductions and forewords, and any of his work published by others in his lifetime such as the inclusion of his poems or other work in anthologies etc. In addition to the information regarding books, I have created a number of pages containing details of Sassoon’s life, and those of many of his friends and relatives. Some of this has been new research on my part.

All books illustrated are from my own collection and are listed in order of the date they were published. I have also included on the site books from Sassoon’s own library, books in which people have written about Sassoon in his lifetime and also modern books written about him after his death, in particular biographies which may be of interest to those wishing to find out more about him.

The Bookshelf

The books on the left cover Siegfried Sassoon’s ‘Sherston Trilogy’ and his ‘real’ autobiography. Many of Sherston’s experiences were Sassoon’s as well, and he left much out of his second trilogy because he had already covered it with Sherston. Click on the titles to see a short synopsis of each book. Although ‘The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston’ was published, there was no single publication of Sassoon’s ‘real’ autobiography.

Keynes - Bibliographer and close friend of Siegfried Sassoon, Geoffrey Keynes, wrote a bibliography of Sassoon’s work which was published by Rupert Hart-Davis in 1962. This is a wonderful book but unfortunately it is incomplete. For instance it does not cover any books from 1962 to Sassoon’s death in 1967. Siegfried Sassoon was a complex character, full of contradictions and although he had always wanted to be a famous writer, when Keynes suggested he write his bibliography Sassoon was not particularly happy about it, thinking it would intrude on his privacy. However, Keynes was undeterred and began his work and it wasn’t long before Sassoon was providing him with more and more information.

Keynes had Sassoon’s own library from which to carry out his research and he also had a number of his own books to collate. However, many books, particularly anthologies, went unrecorded and this web site brings more of them together for the first time. I have used Keynes own numbering system but where books are not in his bibliography I have noted that they were Not Collated. Some other books are not covered in depth by Keynes but merely mentioned in the larger descriptions of other more well-known titles. Where this is the case I have noted that they were Mentioned.

*** New Additions to the Site ***


The Mystery of Maata (From Siegfried Sassoon’s Library)

Maata Cover

Maata Inscription

The Mystery of Maata by Patrick Anthony Lawlor OBE 1893-1979, published in 1946 by The Beltane Book Bureau and limited to 1,000 copies. Lawlor was a New Zealand journalist, editor, bibliophile, writer and Catholic layman. He was born and died in Wellington, New Zealand. Lawlor was rejected for military service during the First World War, but in 1915 he joined the army stores staff. In 1916 he became chief reporter on the Hawke’s Bay Herald in Napier. He returned to Wellington in 1917 to become a reporter in the parliamentary press gallery and an assistant sub-editor on the New Zealand Times. He became chief sub-editor of New Zealand Truth in 1920, also editing Aussie, an Australasian soldiers' magazine, and founding the New Zealand Artists' Annual in 1926 and the Ex Libris Society in 1930.

The 1930s saw his most serious attempts to achieve literary recognition, with his two 'Templemore' novels, The House of Templemore (1938) and Daniel Mahoney's Secret: being a new chapter in the House of Templemore (1939). His only other novel, The Mystery of Maata (1946), is based on the early life of Katherine Mansfield. In 1934 Lawlor was the driving force behind the foundation of PEN in New Zealand, a society that focuses largely on freedom of expression work, becoming its president in 1948-9.

Lawlor’s strong sense of the importance of his Catholic faith was reflected in his lifelong prominence in church activities and devotions. He was active in parish affairs at St Mary of the Angels Church and was a member of the Holy Family Confraternity of the Redemptorist community which met at St Gerard's Monastery. He worked for the Catholic Writers’ Movement of New Zealand from its foundation in 1940 and was elected to the Gallery of Living Catholic Authors (USA). Perhaps his most important lay service to the church was his work as honorary organiser of the fund-raising street appeals for Our Lady’s Homes of Compassion, which were to raise almost £200,000 over the 20 years after the Second World War.

This book is from Sassoon’s own library and carries the Sotheby’s monogram label confirming provenance. Lawlor inscribed the book to Sassoon on the front endpaper: ‘For Siegfried Sassoon from an admirer P.A. Lawlor, Wellington, New Zealand, 19-1-50.’


The Old Knight by Herbert Palmer (From Siegfried Sassoon’s Own Library)

The Old Knight

The Old Knight Inscription

The Old Knight - A Poem Sequence for the Present Times By Herbert Palmer, published in 1948 by J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. This book once belonged to Siegfried Sassoon, and is inscribed to him by the author and dated 1950. Also with the book is a two sided letter to Sassoon written by the author discussing various authors dated 1940. Herbert Edward Palmer 1880-1961, is a largely forgotten poet of the mid 20th century. But his early books were published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at their Hogarth Press, his work was admired by Robert Graves, and his prophetic verse, concerned with the mythic forces of good and evil, was compared to that of William Blake.

Palmer was born in the little Lincolnshire town of Market Rasen on 10 February 1880. He went to university in Birmingham and Bonn, and made his living in his twenties and thirties by teaching, tutoring and lecturing, especially for the Workers' Educational Association. In 1921 he took up journalism and other writing full time: besides his poetry, he edited anthologies, published a book on teaching English, and undertook some translations.


Picture Show by  Siegfried Sassoon

Picture Show 1919 Cover

Picture Show Limitation

Picture Show Title

Picture Show (Keynes A19a) by Siegfried Sassoon A limited Edition of 200 copies (only 150 were for sale), privately printed on handmade paper in 1919 by J. B. Peace, M.A., at the University Press, Cambridge. The book contains 34 poems all written after January 1918. Picture Show was not reprinted in an ordinary edition in England, but was published in America (Keynes A19b) with additional poems, in 1920.


Baily’s Magazine of Sports and Pastimes

Baily's Magazine Reprint India

Baily's Loder Article Reprint

Baily's Magazine UK

Baily’s Magazine of Sports and Pastimes: I was looking for an edition of this book published in 1913 but was unable to find one. The reason I wanted it was because I knew it contained a three page article about Norman Loder (Denis Milden in the Sherston Trilogy), and information on Loder is scarce. I have managed to find three other original editions of this book covering different years which carried brief articles about Loder (above right), but the 1913 edition published the biggest story and I could not find a copy of it anywhere.

I have still not found an original copy of the book but amazingly I have discovered that ‘print on demand’ copies of these books can be obtained from a company called ‘Pranava Books’ in India. All I had to do was to let them know which edition I wanted and they printed one for me in paperback, I received it after about two weeks. These copies (above left), can be bought for £18.00. The book I received was badly bound, unevenly cut and was so grubby it appeared to have been kicked around the factory for a while before being posted. Nevertheless, I wasn't buying it for my book collection, I just wanted the information in the article (above centre).

This extended article is now available via a link to a Word document on the Norman Loder page.


Stanbrook Abbey Press Publications

Stanbrook Abbey Press Price List August 1967

Stanbrook Abbey Press Christmas Card

The Stanbrook Abbey Press The Benedictine nuns of Stanbrook in the peaceful Severn valley supported their life of prayer by the work of their hands in crafts including book-binding and fine printing, and by literary work of all kinds. At one time the press was the oldest private press in England and the quality of its printing became second to none. The press printed a number of works by Siegfried Sassoon including single leaf poems, hand illuminated on hand-made paper such as Awaitment and Arbour Vitae & Unfoldment (originally appearing in The Path To Peace), other religious poems such as Ave Atque Vale (below) and Christmas cards.

Above left is a single-fold Stanbrook Abbey Press price list dated August 1967 on machine made paper. Among other work this advertises Awaitment and Arbour Vitae & Unfoldment, and a publication entitled ‘Memento for his 80th Birthday’ dedicated to Sassoon. Butcher E10.

Above right is a single-fold Christmas card printed on Millbourn Lexpar handmade paper by the Press with a verse on the front by Siegfried Sassoon beginning ‘In this meadow starred with spring’, Christmas and New Year greetings are printed inside and on the reverse in blue it states it was printed in England by the Stanbrook Abbey Press, Worcester. The card would have been printed in the mid sixties.


AVE ATQUE VALE The last four poems of Siegfried Sassoon

Ave Atque Vale

Ave Atque Vale

AVE ATQUE VALE - The last four poems of Siegfried Sassoon Printed by the Stanbrook Abbey Press in 1967. About 100 copies printed on Natsume cream Japanese handmade paper. Sewn into matching Natsume covers. Top and bottom edges trimmed, fore-edge uncut. Printed for private circulation in November 1967 as a memorial to Sassoon who died on 1st September 1967. The four poems are ‘Before a Crucifix’, ‘Compline’, ‘Proven Purpose’ and ‘A Prayer in Old Age’. This was the first Stanbrook book in which the text is printed on Japanese paper.


Official Documents

Excerpts from the following documents can be found on this site by clicking on the links below:

  • 1911 Census for Weirleigh, Matfield, Kent (Siegfried Sassoon’s original family home).
  • 1939 Register for Heytesbury House, Wiltshire. (Siegfried Sassoon’s family home when he was married).
  • 1939 Register for The Fosse House, Ettington, Warwickshire. (Norman Loder’s home).
  • Medal Index Card for Lieutenant Norman Loder.



Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

Sassoon Books These are broken down into seven categories which record the books that Siegfried Sassoon wrote himself, comprising of his early poems, autobiographies both fictional and real published in the UK, US and Europe. His poetry published in the UK and the US., and other publications which in this case comprise of his biographies of Meredith, published in the UK and US.

Life and Letters Today

Contributions There are three categories in this section, books in which Siegfried Sassoon has contributed the Introduction or Foreword. Pages covering the six decades in which his poems were published by others, (mainly in anthologies) from 1917 to 1967, and books in which he has contributed other texts, mainly excerpts from his autobiographies.

In Sicily Limitation Page

Limited Editions  Sassoon loved to publish editions in limited numbers and the search for these is one of the things that makes collecting his books so exciting. Geoffrey Keynes stated: “After the war, Sassoon...returned to his former liking for privately printed books. Indeed, there can be few other English writers of equal calibre whose works have so often appeared in a private form.”

Georgian Literary Scene

About Sassoon These are books which contain information about Siegfried Sassoon, written during his lifetime. The books are written by such famous names as Edmund Gosse, David Garnett and Frank Swinnerton. Also included are two books by the renowned bibliographer Geoffrey Keynes. Keynes wrote Sassoons bibliography which has helped enormously in the creation of this web site.

Modern First Editions Catalogue

Catalogues An interesting section which covers auction catalogues relating to Siegfried Sassoon’s work. These catalogues give a fascinating look at the library of Siegfried Sassoon when it was sold off after his death and scattered around the world. Sales include Sassoon’s work from the collections of Lady Ottoline Morrell, Stephen Tennant and Max Beerbohm.

Poetry Review

Modern Day This section includes books that have been written about Siegfried Sassoon or have articles relating to him in the years after his death up to the modern day. These books include the two latest modern biographies written about Sassoon, Jean Moorcroft Wilson’s ‘The Making of a War Poet’ and ‘The Journey from the Trenches’ and Max Egremont’s ‘Siegfried Sassoon - A Biography.’


Periodicals This section covers magazines and periodicals in which Siegfried Sassoon has had his work published or contain stories about him during his lifetime. They include limited runs such as ‘The Owl’ edited by another famous war poet, Robert Graves, and magazines of larger circulation such as the American publication, The Literary Digest.

The Saturday Review

Book Reviews These contemporary reviews of Sassoon’s books are taken from various literary magazines of the time, the title of each is acknowledged along with the date of the review. I believe that these reviews are important today as they are unbiased and show just how Sassoon’s books were received at the time they were written. It also gives people who are new to Sassoon a glimpse of what each book is about.

Childs Prayer

Music A small but hopefully growing section highlighting any of Siegfried Sassoon’s poems that have been put to music. This selection includes ‘Three Song Pictures’, by Cyril Bradley Rootham, ‘A Childs Prayer’ also by Rootham and ‘Song Cycle’ by Howard Morgan, which includes ‘Noah’, ‘An Old French Poet’, ‘October’, A Poplar and the Moon’ and ‘Goblin Revel.’

Gateway to Poetry

His Library An interesting and varied selection of books in my possession which once formed part of Siegfried Sassoon’s own library. Many are inscribed to Sassoon by well known people such as Edmund Blunden and H. M. Tomlinson. These books were auctioned off after Sassoon’s death and have re-entered the market at various times since enabling me to purchase them and add them to this web site.

Siegfried Sassoon

Sassoon Biography A short, one page biography of Siegfried Sassoon. This biography has been created as a tiny window into the life of the great poet and writer. Elsewhere on this web site will be found more information about his life and his friends which will go to build up a complete picture of the poet, writer, soldier, hero, country gentleman and lover of an English way of life long since past.


A Soldier’s Declaration This is the Hansard report  which covers Sasssoon’s Declaration which he wrote in 1917 and sent to a sympathetic MP to be read out in the House of Commons. Sassoon had wanted to do something to shake the establishment at its heart and to speak out about the insincere way in which he thought the war was being pursued by the British Government. It covers the Commons Debate and his Declaration.


Sassoons Art A new page which showcases some of Siegfried Sassoon’s little known paintings and sketches. Siegfried Sassoon enjoyed sketching and painting and often made drawings in the front of books and sent them as gifts to his friends. He also produced watercolour paintings and caricatures of friends and acquaintances.

Geoffrey Keynes

Keynes A short, one page biography of Sassoon’s bibliographer, Sir Geoffrey Keynes. Geoffrey Keynes (pronounced “Canes”) maintained a passionate interest in English literature all his life. He produced biographies and bibliographies of English writers such as Sir Thomas Browne, John Evelyn, Siegfried Sassoon, John Donne and Jane Austen. His Sassoon bibliography has helped me enormously.

Robert Ross

Robert Ross Siegfried Sassoon first met the art expert and literary critic Robert Ross in June 1913, at a party given by Sir Edmund Gosse. Ross, eighteen years older than Sassoon, was a patron of emerging actors, poets and writers and had a significant effect on Sassoon’s work by encouraging him to write poetry critical of the military hierarchy.

Eddie Marsh

Eddie Marsh The writer, Sir Edward Marsh, arts patron, poetry publisher and private secretary to Winston Churchill among others, who Siegfried Sassoon first met in 1913, was enormously influential in furthering Sassoon’s career as a poet. While visiting Marsh at his flat in 1913 Sassoon declared that he wanted to move away from his family home ‘Weirleigh’ in Kent, where he lived an aimless life with his mother, and Marsh immediately suggested he move to London.

 H W Massingham

Massingham H.W. Massingham was the editor of the Nation, a leading British radical weekly newspaper, between 1907 and 1923. Massingham published a number of Sassoon’s poems in the paper during these years. He was highly enough thought of by Sassoon to be asked his advice before Sassoon went ahead with his protest and was one of the people to whom Sassoon sent a copy of his original statement at the time.


Crosland A page about the first editor to commercially publish Sassoon’s poetry. In the spring of 1909, having had limited success in getting his work published, Siegfried Sassoon was looking for other publications to contact and sent some poems to T.W.H. Crosland the editor of the journal, ‘The Academy’, who was himself a poet and whose work Sassoon respected.

Robert Graves

Robert Graves served in the same battalion as Siegfried Sassoon and they became great friends. Graves was also a talented war poet and had ‘helped’ Sassoon during the period of his protest by convincing the army authorities that Sassoon was suffering from shell-shock, and ought to be confined to a hospital rather than be court-martialled for his refusal to fight. Sassoon had not asked for, nor appreciated this intervention.

Sir Max Beerbohm

Sir Max Beerbohm, caricaturist, writer and broadcaster was one of Siegfried Sassoon's literary heroes. They first met in 1916 at the London home of critic and autobiographer Edmund Gosse and since then Sassoon had been sending Beerbohm his privately printed books as a token of his esteem. In 1910 Beerbohm and his wife Florence moved to Italy and settled at the Villino Chiaro, on the Via Aurelia just outside Rapallo.

Ralph Hodgson

Ralph Hodgson  Hodgson seemed to Sassoon to be a ‘prodigious genius’ and the strongest of the Georgian Poets. However, Jean Moorcroft Wilson states that “after ‘The Song of Honour’ in 1913, Hodgson didn’t produce another work of substance until ‘The Muse and the Mastiff’ in 1942, and even that was a disappointment to some of his greatest admirers, though not to Sassoon.”

Norman Loder

Norman Loder was one of Siegfried Sassoon’s greatest friends. He was Master of a number of Hunts including the Southdown in Sussex, the Atherstone in Warwickshire and Fitzwilliam in Cambridgeshire. Loder instilled in Sassoon a great love of the sport. Sassoon finally outgrew Loder as he became more interested in literature and writing. However, Sassoon never forgot and wrote about his experiences with affection.

Hester Gatty

Hester Gatty Edith Olivier introduced Sassoon to Hester in 1933 and to the surprise of many people, they were married later the same year. In 1936 they had a son, George, but the marriage would not last. Sassoon, too used to living on is own terms felt smothered by Hester’s attention and in 1945 they had separated, Hester leaving the family home, Heytesbury  House, in Wiltshire, eventually to live on the island of Mull.

Ottoline Morrell

Lady Ottoline Morrell was an English aristocrat and a society hostess, whose patronage was of great assistance to many artists and intellectuals including Siegfried Sassoon, Bertrand Russell, Aldous Huxley, T. S. Elliot and D. H. Lawrence to name just a few. Her county residence, Garsington, near Oxford was a retreat for a multitude of invited guests, many of whom would later become known as the ‘Bloomsbury Group.’

Atherstone Hunt

The Hanmers Siegfried Sassoon met ‘Bobbie’ Hanmer and his cousin Dorothy while riding with the Atherstone Hunt before the war. Although he was deeply attracted to Bobbie, Sassoon never did develop a relationship with him. However, Dorothy was attracted to Sassoon and in an effort to get close to Bobbie he was happy to cultivate a friendship with her.

H. R. L. Sheppard

H. R. L. Sheppard In July 1914 ‘Dick’ Sheppard accepted the post of Vicar of St Martin-in-the Fields, Trafalgar Square. Before he could take it up, however, the First World War had been declared, and he accepted an invitation to be chaplain of a military hospital in France. Less than a week after arriving, the one time would-be soldier was writing home, "War is awful. More awful than I supposed possible".

The Sitwells

The Sitwells Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell, were three siblings who formed a literary and artistic clique around themselves in London in the period roughly 1916-1930. This was marked by some well-publicised events, notably Edith's Façade with music by William Walton, with its public debut in 1923. All three Sitwells wrote; for a while their circle was considered by some to rival Bloomsbury, though others dismissed them as attention-seekers rather than serious artists.

Harold Laski

Harold Laski was a British political theorist, economist, author, and lecturer. He served as the chairman of the British Labour Party during 1945–1946, and was a professor at the London School of Economics from 1926-1950. In 1920 Sassoon embarked on a series of lectures  in the United States. For a period during this time he had stayed at Harold Laski’s house, who had done a great deal to help and encourage him in America and who was teaching at Harvard University.

Rachel Beer

Three Aunts The book featured on this page is a copy of the ‘Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and the Salaman and Absal of Jami,’ published by Bernard Quaritch in 1879. The book was given as a gift to Louise Sassoon from her sister Rachel in 1889 and carries an inscription. Louise Sassoon and Rachel [Beer] were both aunts of Siegfried Sassoon and this page contains some details about them. Also, books belonging to Mozelle Hyeem.

Godbert's Restaurant

Godbert’s  Godbert’s Restaurant does not play a huge part in the story of Siegfried Sassoon, although he did visit it a number of times while on leave from the front line trenches. However, on trying to find out more about it I discovered that very little is known, and therefore I have created this page. This wonderful old restaurant used to stand on the Rue de Jacobin, Amiens, Northern France, and finally closed its doors in 1973.

Edingthorpe Church

Edingthorpe As a child Sassoon spent many a happy holiday with his mother and brothers at the old rectory in Edingthorpe, Norfolk. In 1937 he revisited the village and wrote about his memories in ‘The Old Century and Seven More Years’ [1938], I visited Edingthorpe in 1994 and took the pictures found on this page making reference to their part in Sassoon’s story.

Sassoon in his Car

1924 Road Trip In 1924 Siegfried Sassoon was living at 54, Tufton Street, London. On the 6th September he decided to drive to Malvern and visit his great friend, the Neurologist, Henry Head. On this page I have listed all of the places that he passed through on his driving tour, or ‘Road Trip.’ Also, I have included pictures of the hotels that he stayed at overnight or stopped at for food during his journey.

Letter written by Geoffrey Keynes

Letters Shown here are letters I have relating to Siegfried Sassoon. These letters have either been written by Sassoon, or written by his friends and associates to him or to other people within his circle. Included is a letter written by Sassoon to a lady suggesting she buy a house in Heytesbury; and others written by Sassoon’s friend Robert Ross, H W Massingham, Geoffrey Keynes, Sir Edward Marsh, and others relating to Stephen Tennant.


Weirleigh Weirleigh was a rambling neo-Gothic house, built alongside the road at Gedges hill, just North of Matfield in Kent. It was designed by the illustrator Harrison Weir in 1866 for his own use.  Weir eventually sold it to the Sassoon family and Siegfried Sassoon was born there in 1886, the house becoming the family home until the death of Sassoon's mother, Theresa, in 1947.

Heytesbury House Main Gate

Heytesbury In 1933 Sassoon bought Heytesbury House, a Georgian mansion surrounded by 90 acres of parkland and 130 acres of woods just outside the village of Heytesbury in Wiltshire. Sassoon was living here when he died and the site is much changed now. This page shows how it was at the time, and what has happened to it since.

Siegfried Sassoon's Grave

Mells Siegfried Sassoon died in 1967 a week before his eighty-first birthday. He had made it known that when he died he wished to be buried in the church yard at Mells, Somerset, close to the grave of Father Ronald Knox. Knox had been a Roman Catholic priest who preached at the church in Mells and who helped Sassoon to convert to Roman Catholicism.

Wellesley College News

America On 28th January, 1920, Siegfried Sassoon arrived in New York. “A lecture tour seemed a way to escape and make money, not only for himself but to help his friends who, imagining him to be rich - because of his name - turned to him often.” (Egremont, Sassoon, 2005, p241.) Here are two reports of lectures given by Sassoon in New York at this time.

People at Cambridge

Who Was Whom? The people in the Sherston Trilogy were all real, however their real names were not used and Sassoon gave them each a pseudonym. This page gives the pseudonym and  the real names of all these people, including a number of place names that feature in the three books. Most of this detection work has been done by others to whom I offer acknowledgment on the page.

David Gray

Contact Hello, my name is David Gray and I created this web site. Please contact me from this page. I first became interested in Siegfried Sassoon when I picked up an old copy of Memoirs of an Infantry Officer in an old bric-a-brac shop in Peterborough where I live. I find Sassoon incredibly interesting not just for his writing, but also for his amazing bravery, both physically on the battlefield, and morally with regard to his protest.

Peterborough Guildhall

Links Web sites which may or may not relate to Siegfried Sassoon but could still be of interest to others. These sites include a number which refer directly to Siegfried Sassoon, and others with a military theme relating to the First and Second World Wars. Subjects include the French Resistence in WWII, soldiers who fought in the First World war, and local sites about the city in which I live, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.


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