Siegfried Sassoon: Correspondence and Papers

Scope and Content

Correspondence, poems and other papers. Sassoon often issued his poems privately in limited editions, and some of these were seen through the press by A.T. Bartholomew, and later by Geoffrey Keynes. Some of the manuscripts therefore include their correspondence about publication, and transcripts by Keynes.

MS.Add.8483. Letters from Siegfried Sassoon to A.T. Bartholomew, 1921-1930, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8484. Letters from Siegfried Sassoon to Henry Festing Jones, 1919-1928, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8485. Siegfried Sassoon's poem 'Emblems of Experience' (holograph), c. 1951, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8486. Siegfried Sassoon's poem 'Emblems of Experience' (printer's copy in the hand of Sir Geoffrey Keynes), c.1951, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8487. Siegfried Sassoon's poem 'Picture Show', 1919, with letters to A.T. Bartholomew, 1917-1920, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8488. Siegfried Sassoon's poem 'Recreations', 1919-1923, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8489. Siegfried Sassoon's poem 'Rhymed Ruminations', 1939, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8490. Sir Geoffrey Keynes, correspondence about the printing of Siegfried Sassoon's poem 'Rhymed Ruminations', 1939, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8491. Siegfried Sassoon's poem 'Vigils' (holograph), 1934, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8492. Siegfried Sassoon's poem 'Vigils' (transcript by G. Keynes), 1934, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8493. Geoffrey Keynes, correspondence and printing of Siegfried Sassoon's poem 'Vigils', 1933-1936, 1 box-file.

MS.Add.8494. A.T. Bartholomew, register of Siegfried Sassoon's publications, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8538. Siegfried Sassoon's poem 'The Tasking' (holograph and typescript), 1954, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8539. Siegfried Sassoon's poem 'The Tasking' (transcript by Sir Geoffrey Keynes), 1954, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8541. Sir Geoffrey Keynes, list of Siegfried Sassoon's books and MSS in Keynes's possession, 1939-1959, 1 volume.

Administrative / Biographical History

Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (1886-1967), poet, was an undergraduate at Clare College, Cambridge, 1905-1907, and was made an Honorary Fellow in 1953. His Cambridge friends included the librarian A.T. Bartholomew (1882-1933) and the surgeon and bibliographer Sir Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982). Keynes published A Bibliography of Siegfried Sassoon (London, 1962) and collected Sassoon's books, manuscripts and letters.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey L. Keynes, 1982.


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

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other papers of Siegfried Sassoon, MSS.Add.7935, 8276, and 8889, as well as letters from Siegfried Sassoon to Sir Geoffrey and Margaret Keynes, MS.Add.8633. There are also microfilms of drafts of poems dating from 1897-1965, Microfilm MSS 11283-11287. Books from Sassoon's library are in the Rare Books class CCC.39.