Poetry and pretence: the phoney Native American who fooled the Bloomsbury set

A new book reveals how Canadian war poet Frank Prewett deceived his lover Siegfried Sassoon and the literary elite, Donna Ferguson reports

‘He goes around topless on a horse, fulfilling all their fantasies of being an indigenous person’ Joy Porter


He hoodwinked his lover Siegfried Sassoon into believing he was a Native American and convinced Virginia Woolf he would be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. Now, Canadian war poet Frank Prewett’s traumatic life – and the reasons he...

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