Siegfried Sassoon: A Life
by Max Egremont, a review from TLS by Dominic Hibberd.
"The courage, compassion and intense sincerity of Sassoon's 1917 protest against the continuation of the war are not diminished by pointing out, as Egremont does, that he liked to be both martyr and solitary hero. He longed to die in action, preferably while saving some handsome youth. Enjoying his 'rather Byronic' air, in Glyn Philpot's portrait of him, he was agreeably aware of its relevance to the protest, which he drafted while the picture was being painted. His heroism can never be doubted, but martyrdom proved elusive. 'Can't you find me a nice wheel to be broken on?' he plaintively asked Edward Marsh in 1918. " Read the entire TLS review.