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Siegfried Sassoon: A Biography, by Max Egremont, Picador, £36.50.

29th October, 2005

Siegfried Sassoon: A Biography, by Max Egremont, Picador, £36.50.

From an early age, Siegfried Sassoon knew what it was that set him apart from others: his Jewishness, his homosexuality and his delicacy. As a boarding pupil at Marlborough College, a moderately liberal and enlightened school, his family later maintained Sassoon had carried a knuckle-duster to protect himself against anti-Semitic attacks.

At the same time his family name carried the allure of money and royal connections.

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