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A Wounded Poet Who Sang the Crucible of a Generation [US]:
In many quarters these days, Siegfried Sassoon is best known as one of the principals in Pat Barker's exceptional 1992 novel "Regeneration," about the real-life Sassoon's treatment for shell shock while at Craiglockhart - or "Dottyville," as Sassoon called it - a Scottish sanitarium where he had been sent in 1917 after denouncing British participation in World War I and refusing to return to the front. Sassoon was remanded to Dottyville because it would have been too embarrassing to court-martial him: he was a decorated war hero and a best-selling poet, one of that talented generation of World War I writers who in spare, colloquial language evoked the horror and ultimate meaninglessness of war. [...]
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