Arnold Bennett on Siegfried Sassoon

Bennett is discussing recent publications in the Evening Standard (11 Oct, 1928):

‘Anonymous’ (whose identity is amply revealed by internal evidence) has issued an autobiographical novel, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, of real importance. Written with a certain sporting negligence of composition, it has much originality and much beauty, and is certainly right past the comprehension of nineteen M.F.H.’s out of twenty.

Many honest open-air fellows who buy this first prose work of Siegfried Sassoon on its title will assuredly want their money back.


  1. Jonathan Lighter
    Posted February 10, 2016 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Tsk, tsk, Arnold: shouldn’t that be “F.H.M’s”?

    • Bill
      Posted February 16, 2016 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

      Obviously Arnold thought that the problems of obtuseness started at the top of the Hunt, as with the Army.

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