Memoirs of an Infantry Officer
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Memoirs of an Infantry Officer

SIEGFRIED SASSOON, 1930

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Memoirs of an Infantry Officer
Siegfried Sassoon, 1930
[SASSOON, Siegfried (1886-1967).] Memoirs of an Infantry Officer. London: Faber & Faber Limited, 1930.

Proof copy, decorated and corrected by the author, of this fictionalized account of his time during and after World War I. "Sassoon was outraged at Graves both for the unauthorized publication of his poem and the portrayal of himself in Good-bye to All That. He was engaged in writing his own fictionalized war memoir, in which Graves figured as 'David Cromlech.' He took the opportunity to revise the page proofs into a somewhat less favorable depiction of the fictional Graves. These are among many changes made on the proofs in Sassoon's hand" (Reese). The publisher's plain wrappers have been titled in ink with usual Sassoon humor as “Memoirs of an Infant” and decorated with bird pictures. The text has been annotated throughout with generally subtle but decisive tweaks: "Hale and hearty" becomes "chubby cheeked," "superior" becomes "confident," though in several places entire lines are crossed out and rewritten in the margin. On page 260 he has added nearly a paragraph and on 307 he has revised a reference to "Cromlech." Memoirs of an Infantry Officer was the second volume of Sassoon's semi-autobiographical trilogy. Reese Graves 28.

Octavo. Original wrappers, decorated by the author (spine reinforced with tape, chipping at ends; repair to foot of spine). Text corrected in ink by Sassoon. Custom chemise and quarter morocco slipcase.

Exhibited: "Robert Graves: A Centennial Exhibition," the Grolier Club of New York, March to May 1995, no. 28.

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