Siegfried Sassoon: Letters to him

Scope and Content

[1] Letters found in books from Sassoon's library, mostly from authors sending copies of their work. The correspondents are Hugh Adamthwaite (1942); N.L. Bright (1947); Leonard Clark (1951-3); Sir Ian Critchett (1946); Basil Dowling (1946); Andr Gide (1929); Kenneth Horkins (1949-50); Gerard Irvine (undated); Frank Kendon (1955); H[arold] L[aski] (1928); Agnes Mackay (1948); Stella Morton (1959); Ranald Newson (1930s); Edgar Newgass (1941-55), John Macnair Reid (1928); Bertrand Russell, 3rd Earl Russell (undated); Stanley Snaith (1946); and Raymond Tong (1951).

[2] Letters to Sassoon from other sources. The correspondents are Margot Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith (1923); Willa Cather (1930); Rosamond Lehmann (1935); Lady Ottoline Morrell (1923-35); Edith Olivier (1929); and Gwen Raverat [1956].

[3] Further letters found mostly in books. The correspondents are Sir Henry Thirkill, Master of Clare (1953-4); Sir Sidney C. Roberts, Master of Pembroke (1953); Nicholas G.L. Hammond (1955); Monica Brooksbank (1966); Ben W. Hiebsch (1928); Edmund S.P. Haynes (1946); Dorothy Saunders (1954); H. Ulric S. Nisbet (1942); and L. Cherniavsky (1936).

Administrative / Biographical History

Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (1886-1967), poet and author.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

[1,3] Removed from books which had been in Sasson's library and transferred to Cambridge University Library; [2] Purchased 1992.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Summary Catalogue. A catalogue of the collection is also available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other papers of Siegfried Sassoon, MSS.Add.7935, 8276, 8483-8494, 8538, 8539, 8541, and 9375, as well as letters from Siegfried Sassoon to Sir Geoffrey and Margaret Keynes, MS.Add.8633. There are also microfilms of the drafts of poems dating from 1897-1965, Microfilm MSS 11283-11287. Books from Sassoon's library are in the Rare Books class CCC.39.