Sassoon, Seigfried - Memoirs Of An Infantry Officer. 1977, Folio Society, 3rd impression. Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, the second volume of the trilogy that started with Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man, is the outstanding personal account of the First World War in English, the style infused with insight and poetic feeling. Opening in 1916, it gives an all too credible picture of the realities of trench warfare. It ends, during convalescence from a wound received in action, in a 'wilful defiance of military authority', the famous, if ultimately abortive, protest against what was felt to be a deliberate prolonging of the war for evil and unjust ends. When Memoirs of an Infantry Officer was first published in 1930, one reviewer rightly attributed its strength to 'the complete candour of its self-analysis, its dispassionate portrayal of mixed thoughts and instincts', and Harold Nicolson called it 'a book of deep beauty and abiding significance'. (Folio Society). 8¼" x 5½", 246pp, pale-brown cloth printed overall with an illustration, yellow-brown blocked title-panel, gold blocked spine lettering, hardback. Illustrated with monochrome drawings by Lynton Lamb within the text. Slightly sunned spine; otherwise fine, possibly unread; complete with very good slip-case.
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