Celebrated as the author of some of the most moving war poems and of the "Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man", Sassoon's inner feelings have nonetheless remained imprisoned in his diaries. Using many of his private letters and papers, this first volume of Sassoon's biography traces his life as one of the Gilded Youth of the Great War generation and the first modern figure of our century.
Jean Moorcroft Wilson lectures in English Literature at Birkbeck College, London University. She is married to Virginia Woolf's nephew, with whom she runs a publishing house. Her previous books include two other biographies of First World War poets; Charles Hamilton Sorley and Isaac Rosenberg: Poet and Painter. She is considered the foremost expert on Siegfried Sassoon.