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Born in Ledbury in 1878, John Masefield was apprenticed under sail before spending several years in the US. On his return to England he worked as a journalist for the Manchester Guardian and other newspapers, and his first poems were published at the start of last century. In 1911 The Everlasting Mercy was published and caused a sensation with its brutal realism; over theBorn in Ledbury in 1878, John Masefield was apprenticed under sail before spending several years in the US. On his return to England he worked as a journalist for the Manchester Guardian and other newspapers, and his first poems were published at the start of last century. In 1911 The Everlasting Mercy was published and caused a sensation with its brutal realism; over the next two decades he established himself as a poet, playwright, novelist, and historian. He enjoyed the friendship of Robert Graves and Yeats, and was appointed Poet Laureate in 1930. He died in 1967. Constance Babington-Smith received the full co-operation and support of Masefield's family, and has access to many previously unpublished papers and letters. The result is a well-rounded and absorbing biography of one of the best-loved English poets, one whose reputation has been in the doldrums for far too long....

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ISBN : 9780241115848
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 278 Pages
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  • John
    2018-10-05 16:09

    I knew fairly little about Masefield before I read this book, aeons ago. He was part of the 'institution'/social fabric when he died. Even my Dad (anyone less interested in poetry I can't think of) used to recite lines from Masefield with enjoyment – he'd read them at school I guess. I remember Masefield dying in 1967 (that dates me and I was an odd kid!) something I recorded in doggerel verse.I was therefore eager to read this. Although I learnt a little more about him the book did not delve deeply, largely, I guess, because it was in the nature of an authorised/official biography. J. M. emerges as a rather quiet, shadowy figure. His wife, Constance, is painted with much bolder strokes.Masefield was orphaned fairly young and the death of his mother, in particular, when he was about 6 had a pretty great impact on his life and subsequent development. Devoted to her memory, many of his poems explore the unborn child's relationship with the mother and his relationship with her after her death. His craving for a mother figure in his life may well have led to his choice of wife. Constance M. was 12 years older than him, a school teacher and very strong minded individual. There were other women in his life with whom he was infatuated, invariably older than himself.An old world liberal, and I thought fleetingly of a slight similarity between him and the Super tramp poet, W. H. Davies, both having “roughed it” in America.JM was Poet Laureate for a long time - c 1930 (on the death of Robert Bridges) to 1967.