Books: Relatively Idyllic

In prose and mood, no reminiscences published in 1939 are likely to surpass the idyllic felicity of Siegfried Sassoon's The Old Century and Seven More Years (Viking, $2.75), a nostalgic account of his first 21 years. Those who read his latest poems, Vigils (1936), will be prepared for this serene counterpart in prose. To most other readers Siegfried Sassoon is still associated with 1) his realistic war trilogy (Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, etc.) and his bitter war poems (CounterAttack, etc.); 2) his spectacularly murderous heroism in the trenches (in order, he once...

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