Siegfried Sassoon

Early Poems

Poems up to 1917

Title:

Poems (Catalogue photo)

Keynes:

A1

Publisher:

Privately Printed (J. E. Edwards & Co.)

Date:

1906

Description:

Collection of 22 Poems

Title:

Orpheus in Diloeryum (Catalogue photo)

Keynes:

A2

Publisher:

Privately Printed (J. E. Francis & Co.)

Date:

1908

Description:

A Play

Title:

Orpheus in Diloeryum (Hand-Made Paper Edition)

Keynes:

A2b

Publisher:

 

Date:

1908

Description:

A Play

Title:

Orpheus in Diloeryum (Unpublished reprint)

Keynes:

A2c

Publisher:

Privately Printed (John Richmond Ltd.)

Date:

1913

Description:

A Play

Title:

Sonnets and Verses (Catalogue photo)

Keynes:

A3

Publisher:

Privately Printed (J. E. Francis & Co.)

Date:

1909

Description:

Collection of 34 Poems

Title:

Sonnets

Keynes:

A4

Publisher:

Privately Printed (Messrs Hatchard)

Date:

1909

Description:

Collection of 17 Poems

Title:

Twelve Sonnets

Keynes:

A5

Publisher:

Privately Printed (Chiswick Press)

Date:

1911

Description:

Collection of 12 Poems

Title:

Poems

Keynes:

A6

Publisher:

Privately Printed (Chiswick Press)

Date:

1911

Description:

Collection of 12 Poems

Title:

Melodies (Catalogue photo)

Keynes:

A7

Publisher:

Privately Printed (Chiswick Press)

Date:

1912

Description:

Collection of 15 Poems

Title:

Hyacinth

Keynes:

A8

Publisher:

Privately Printed (Chiswick Press)

Date:

1912

Description:

A Play

Title:

Ode for Music (Catalogue photo)

Keynes:

A9

Publisher:

Privately Printed (Chiswick Press)

Date:

1912

Description:

An Ode of Six Stanzas

Title:

The Daffodil Murderer (See below)

Keynes:

A10

Publisher:

Privately Printed (John Richmond)

Date:

1913

Description:

A Poem

Title:

Discoveries

Keynes:

A11

Publisher:

Privately Printed (Chiswick Press)

Date:

1915

Description:

Collection of 13 Poems

Title:

Morning-Glory

Keynes:

A12

Publisher:

Privately Printed (Chiswick Press)

Date:

1916

Description:

Collection of 11 Poems

Title:

The Redeemer (Catalogue photo)

Keynes:

A13

Publisher:

The Cambridge Magazine

Date:

1916

Description:

A Poem

Title:

To Any Dead Officer

Keynes:

A14

Publisher:

The Cambridge Magazine

Date:

1917

Description:

A Poem

The Daffodil Murderer

A book that I have long wanted to add to my collection and at last I have been able to do it.

The Daffodil Murderer: Being the Chantrey Prize Poem by Saul Kain - By Siegfried Sassoon. 1,000 copies published in London on 10th February 1913 by John Richmond, with a preface by William Butler. (Keynes A10). One night Sassoon sat down and began to write a parody of John Masefield’s poem, ‘Everlasting Mercy.’ After the first fifty lines he had become so wrapped up in what he was doing he gave up the pretence and threw himself into it wholeheartedly. He got up the following morning and continued throughout the day, finally finishing it that evening. He sent the poem to T.W.H. Crosland who promptly replied that he wanted to publish it. Crosland had a thousand copies printed as a small paperback of thirty pages with orange covers. Printed on the front cover he put ‘Being the Chantrey Prize Poem’ when no such prize existed, and made up a mock preface under the assumed name of William Butler. Sassoon had to give Crosland 10 towards expences for publishing it.

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