“Sassoon wrote to Cape threatening legal action unless the extract was deleted. Cape knew the firm could not publish until it conformed. Next day, 13 November, he sent a telegram inviting Sassoon to his office and with apologies, agreed to his demands. He then wrote to Graves, who in reply expressed surprise that Sassoon was upset but he was quite prepared to be led by Cape. Goodbye to All That was published on 18 November 1929, each copy containing pages with blank spaces.” (Roberts, Sassoon, 1999, p235).
In her biography of Sassoon, Jean Moorcroft Wilson states that Sassoon wrote to Graves saying the book had caused him “Extreme difficulty and discomfort,” and that it had landed on him like a “Zeppelin bomb.” Graves wrote back saying:
“Signing fat cheques for your friends: the indelicate irony of it is that had you thought of signing one when you heard of “my troubles” - which left us all without money - I would not have been forced to write Good-bye to contribute to the work of restoration, and you would not have had the Zeppelin-bomb.” (Moorcroft Wilson, Sassoon, 2003, p238).
Moorcroft Wilson goes on to record that Sassoon had insisted that the offending passages should be deleted before publication and all advance copies had to be recalled.