Lingual Exercises for Advanced Vocabularians

With An Autograph Letter Signed

[SASSOON, Siegfried]

[SASSOON, Siegfried] Lingual Exercises for Advanced Vocabularians With An Autograph Letter Signed

Privately printed at the University Press, 1925.

First edition, one of 99 copies. Original brown buckram, spine lettered in gilt. Inscribed by Sassoon for Marjorie Forster, and signed with his monogram. With: A single-page autograph letter from Sassoon to Forster, dated April 24th [1925]: "My dear Marjorie, I heard that you were abroad, but am sending my new book to greet you on your return. I hope you will find a few things in it to give you pleasure & remind you of your old friend (who has thought of you many times lately but felt unable to write to you). If any of my poems are any good they are the best consolation that I can offer my friends. And life is full of troubles, isn't it - for all of us? Yrs ever, SS."

A fine association copy, with an accompanying letter, inscribed for his childhood friend Marjorie Forster.
Lingual Exercises is a scarce collection of poetry, ostensibly anonymous, but privately published by Sassoon for distribution amongst his friends. The verses, seemingly a reaction to the war and his poems of that period, are both skittish and ironic and sometimes urbane. Writing later to his publisher about including some verses from this work in a collection, Sassoon states,
"I have done with verbal gymnastics in the future. Being smart don't suit me, really. But it was a phase that had to be worked out..."

Stock ID: 41805

£1,750.00

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