Siegfried Sassoon

1930-1939

Books containing poems contributed by Siegfried Sassoon published between the years 1930 and 1939

The dates of the books listed here indicate the date on which the actual book illustrated was published. Where they are not first editions I have added that date in brackets. It should be borne in mind that Siegfried Sassoon may not have had a poem included in earlier editions.

Title:

The Golden Book of Modern English Poetry 1870-1930

Author:

Selected by Thomas Caldwell

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

J M Dent & Sons Ltd

Date:

This copy 1930 (First Edition 1922)

Description:

Everyone Sang” “The Death-Bed

Title:

An Anthology of War Poems

Author:

Compiled by Frederick Brereton

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

W. Collins  Sons & Co. Ltd.

Date:

1930

Description:

Seven poems - See bottom of page

Title:

Selections From Modern Poets

Author:

J. C. Squire

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Martin Secker

Date:

1930

Description:

Eleven poems

Title:

Tribute to England

Author:

Martin Gilkes

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Hutchinson

Date:

1930s

Description:

Three poems

Title:

Disarm

Author:

 

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

TUC and Labour Party

Date:

1931

Description:

Excerpts from four poems

Title:

The Weekend Book

Author:

 

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

The Nonesuch Press

Date:

1931

Description:

Three poems

Title:

Whips and Scorpions

Author:

Collected by Sherard Vines

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Wishart

Date:

1932

Description:

Four satirical poems

Title:

The Testament of Light - An Anthology

Author:

Gerald Bullett

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

J M Dent & Sons

Date:

1932

Description:

Two poems

Title:

Augustan Books of Poetry No.28

Author:

 

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Ernest Benn

Date:

1933

Description:

 

Title:

Recent Poetry 1923-1933

Author:

Alida Monro

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

The Poetry Bookshop & Gerald Howe Ltd.

Date:

1933

Description:

Poems from “The Heart’s Journey”

9

Title:

The Best Poems of 1933

Author:

 

Keynes:

B11

Publisher:

Jonathan Cape

Date:

1933

Description:

“A Premonition”

Title:

The Modern Muse - Poems of To-Day British and American

Author:

The English Association

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Oxford University Press

Date:

This copy September 1934 (First Edition February 1934)

Description:

“Grandeur of Ghosts” “Sick Leave”

Title:

A Fox-Hunter’s Anthology

Author:

Compiled by Peter Lewis

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Lovat Dickson Limited

Date:

1934

Description:

“Up on the Downs” (Excerpt from ‘Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man’)

Title:

The London Mercury Vol. XXXII. No. 191

Author:

Edited by R. A. Scott-James

Keynes:

C246

Publisher:

The London Mercury

Date:

September 1935

Description:

Two Sonnets: “Vibrations” and “Words for the Wordless”

Title:

An Anthology of Contemporary Verse

Author:

Margaret J. O’Donnell

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Blackie & Son Ltd.

Date:

1935

Description:

Four Poems

Title:

The Year’s Poetry 1935

Author:

Denys Kilham Roberts, Gerald Gould, John Lehmann

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

John Lane - The Bodley Head

Date:

1935

Description:

“Ex-Service”

Title:

Twentieth Century Poetry - An Anthology

Author:

Alida Monroe

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Chatto and Windus

Date:

1935

Description:

Nine Poems

Title:

We Did Not Fight

Author:

Edited by Julian Bell

Keynes:

B13

Publisher:

Cobden-Sanderson

Date:

1935

Description:

“Asking For It”

Title:

Young Pegasus - An Anthology of Verse, Parts IV-V

Author:

A. A. Le M. Simpson

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

G. Bell & Sons Ltd.

Date:

1936

Description:

Two poems

Title:

H.R.L. Sheppard Himself & His Work

Author:

Various

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

St. Martin’s Review

Date:

1937

Description:

“The Heaven of our Hearts”

Title:

The Progress of Poetry

Author:

Edited by I. M. Parsons

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Chatto and Windus

Date:

This copy 1937 (First Edition 1936)

Description:

“A Working Party” “The Death Bed” “Lamentations”

Title:

Modern Poetry - The King’s Treasures of Literature

Author:

Edited by Guy N. Pocock

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd.

Date:

1937

Description:

“Attack”

Title:

Pleasure Parade - Senior Series (The Burlington Readers) Book III

Author:

Compiled & Edited by W. C. Reynolds

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

University Tutorial Press

Date:

1938

Description:

“Morning Express”

Title:

Poems of Freedom

Author:

Edited by John Mulgan

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Gollancz - for the Left Book Club

Date:

1938

Description:

“Aftermath”

Title:

In Letters of Red

Author:

E. Allen Osborne

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Michael Joseph

Date:

1938

Description:

Poems

Title:

An Anthology of Modern Poetry

Author:

Robert Lynd

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Thomas Nelson

Date:

This copy 1946 (First Edition 1939)

Description:

“The General” “Everyone sang”

Title:

Modern Verse - Revised

Author:

Anita P. Forbes

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Henry Holt and Company

Date:

This copy 1939 (First Edition 1921)

Description:

“Counter Attack” “Does It Matter”

Title:

Some Poems of Praise

Author:

Rhona Arbuthnot Lane

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

A. R. Mowbray & Co Ltd.

Date:

1939

Description:

“Let There Be Life”

Title:

The Fox-Hunter’s Weekend Book

Author:

David Brock

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Seely Service & Co Ltd.

Date:

1939

Description:

“Together 1917” (Also excerpts from Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man)

Title:

The Oxford Book of Modern Verse

Author:

Edited by W. B. Yeats

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Oxford University Press

Date:

1939

Description:

Four poems

Title:

Life and Letters Today, Vol. 22, No. 25

Author:

Robert Herring

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

The London Mercury and Bookman

Date:

1939

Description:

“Brevities”

An Anthology of War Poems

An Anthology of War Poems, with an Introduction by Edmund Blunden, (Collins Sons & Co, 1930). This anthology, (which includes Wilfred Owen among many others), compiled by Frederick Brereton, contains seven of Sassoon’s poems. This is more than any other poet in the book, and in 1930 shows the supremacy that Siegfried Sassoon had attained amongst his peers.

The war poet Edmund Blunden, who admittedly, was a great friend of Sassoon, is unstinting in his praise of the poet, and the compiler had no hesitation in publishing Blunden’s views in a very interesting Introduction.

Blunden stated “The time was now coming when the attack on war was to be made on a large scale, without egotism or minor concern, by a poet with every qualification for his glorious and difficult crusade...[he] offered portraits of the soldier seen against the dreadful horizons, or lying still on fatal parapets; and here were outbursts of white anger against those who drowned all the cryings of truth with clamorous claptrap or vulgar excess...It was his triumph to be the first man who even described war fully and exactly.

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