Masefield, John, 1878-1967

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1878-06-01
Death 1967-05-12
Britons
English

Biographical notes:

The English poet, playwright and novelist, John Masefield was born in 1878 in Ledbury. After running away to sea early (when he was thirteen) he settled in London from 1897 and devoted himself to writing. Later he moved to Oxford which was where he lived when most of the following collection was produced. Masefield became Poet Laureate in 1930 and was awarded the Order of Merit in 1935. Among his more notable works are, some early reflections of his maritime experiences in Salt Water Ballads (1902) and A Mainsail Haul (1905); The Tragedy of Pompey the Great (1910); The Widow in Bye Street (1912); Dauber (1913); Reynard the Fox (1919); Sard Harker (1924); Dead Ned (1938); and, Live and Kicking Ned (1939). The recipient of most of the pieces in this collection, Miss Mabel Cary Fogg, remains unidentified. John Masefield died in 1967.

From the guide to the John Masefield papers MS 323., 1911-1931, (Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX)

John Masefield, English poet, author, scholar and poet laureate, is famous for his ballads of the sea based on personal experience. His best know work is "Reynard the Fox", 1919. He was appointed poet laureate, in 1930 and produced occasional pieces for 37 years. He was awarded honorary degrees from Oxford, Liverpool and St. Andrews universities.

From the description of Papers, 1957-1970. (College of William & Mary). WorldCat record id: 20686994

Kathleen Watson, author, came to Australia from Wales as a young woman.

From the description of Letters [1931-1932] [manuscript] : Boars Hill, Oxford, to Miss Kathleen Watson. [1931-1932] (The University of Queensland Library). WorldCat record id: 62540850

From the description of Letters [manuscript] : Boars Hill, Oxford, to Miss Kathleen Watson. [1931-1932] (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225471013

Masefield was an English poet. Lamont was an American humanist philosopher, author and socialist.

From the description of Correspondence with Corliss Lamont, 1925-1967. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 79358931

From the guide to the John Masefield correspondence with Corliss Lamont, 1925-1967., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

The work of John Masefield, British poet and dramatist, encompasses a wide range of works including ballads, lyrics, and mythological narrative. Masefield published over 50 books including his first book of verse, "Salt-Water Ballads" and "Sea Fever," later set to music by John Ireland.

From the description of Correspondence-Manuscript, 1912-1956. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122526005

Penelope Wheeler was President of the Hill Players, a theatre company Masefield founded in 1922 while living at Boar's Hill, Oxford.

From the description of [Letters and photograph, 1910-1925] [manuscript]. [1910-1925] (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign). WorldCat record id: 436298550

John Masefield was an English poet, playwright, and novelist who served as England's poet laureate (1930-1967). Jack Butler Yeats was an Irish painter, brother of the poet William Butler Yeats.

From the description of Letters to Jack Butler Yeats, 1902-1908. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 84276114

From the guide to the John Masefield letters to Jack Butler Yeats, 1902-1908., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Masefield was an English poet, playwright, and novelist, who served as England's poet laureate from 1930-1967.

From the description of Correspondence and compositions, 1912-1954. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 82112905

Masefield was a British poet. Sidgwick was a publisher with the firm of Sidgwick & Jackson.

From the description of Letters to Frank Sidgwick, 1910-1923. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122468869

From the guide to the Letters to Frank Sidgwick, 1910-1923., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

John Masefield (1878-1967) was a British poet. Florence Corliss Lamont (1872-1952) was the wife of Thomas W. (Thomas William) Lamont (1870-1948), a New York financier with the firm of J.P. Morgan & Company. She graduated from Smith College and earned a master's degree in philosophy from Columbia University. They met in February of 1916 while Masefield was lecturing in New York.

From the description of Letters to Florence Corliss Lamont, 1916-1952. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122468723

John Edward Masefield, English poet and novelist.

From the description of John Masefield manuscript material : 4 items, ca. 1961 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 728024520

From the guide to the John Masefield manuscript material : 4 items, ca. 1961, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

English poet laureate.

From the description of Christmas card signed : [Abingdon] to Ernest Hillman, [1957 Dec. 6]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680775667

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Oxford], to Ernest Hillman, [1959 May 12]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680749990

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Ernest Hillman and John Skilton, [1959 July 21]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680757936

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Ernest Hillman, [1959 Mar. 21]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680743849

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Abingdon], to John Skilton and Ernest Hillman, [1956 Dec. 27]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680663364

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Abingdon, to Ernest Hillman, [1954] Dec. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680065329

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Abingdon, to John Skilton, [1954] June 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680067353

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Abingdon, to John Skilton, [1955 Jan. 8]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680065402

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Abingdon, to John Skilton, [1954] June 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680066457

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Abingdon, to Ernest Hillman, [1954] Sept. 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680065385

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Margaret Babington, [ca. 1956 Sept. 25]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 681382574

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Abingdon], to Margaret Babington, [1956] Oct. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 681375225

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Margaret Babington, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 681380072

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Margaret Babington, [1957 July 11]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 681394010

From the description of Christmas card : [Oxford] to Ernest Hillman, [1959 Dec. 1]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680817479

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Ernest Hillman, [1962 Sept. 22]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680775492

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Abingdon, to John Skilton, [1954 Mar. 23]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680064330

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Abingdon, to John Skilton, [1954] Sept. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680065272

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Abingdon], to John Skilton, [1955 Feb. 12]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680065449

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Abingdon, to Ernest Hillman, [1954 Dec. 29]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680065350

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Margaret Babington, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 681380715

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Didcot], to John Skilton, [1963] Dec. 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 681373813

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Margaret Babington, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 681378081

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Margaret Babington, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 681390551

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Margaret Babington, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 681386031

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Margaret Babington, [1958 Feb. 3]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 681392690

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Margaret Babington, [1957 July 1]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 681395242

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote [Abingdon], to John Skilton, [19--] Mar. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680796870

From the description of Christmas card signed : [Didcot] to John Skilton and Ernest Hillman, [1956 Dec. 5]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680775646

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Ernest Hillman, [1963 June 8]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680790205

From the description of Christmas card signed : [Oxford] to Ernest Hillman and John Skilton, [1960 Nov. 19]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680775748

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to John Skilton, [1963 June 18]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680775538

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote [Abingdon], to John Skilton, [1964] Nov. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680794972

From the description of Christmas card signed : [Abingdon] to John Skilton and Ernest Hillman, [1955 Dec. 2]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680775629

From the description of Christmas card signed : [Oxford] to John Skilton and Ernest Hillman, [1954 Dec. 3]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680800987

From the description of Christmas card : [Oxford] to Ernest Hillman, [1959 Dec. 1]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680817787

From the description of Christmas card signed : [Abingdon] to John Skilton and Ernest Hillman, [1958 Dec. 4]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680815441

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Abingdon, to John Skilton and Ernest Hillman, [1954 Mar. 9]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680063584

From the description of Lemmings : Boar's Hill, Oxford : autograph manuscript signed of the sonnet, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270609240

From the description of The wanderer : [n.p.] : autograph manuscript signed of the poem, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270609638

From the description of Typewritten letter signed : Cirencester, to S. Winsten, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270609629

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Oxford], to John Skilton, [1958] Sept. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680685010

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Abingdon], to Ernest Hillman, [1958 Sept. 4]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680678478

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to John Skilton, [1955 Nov. 21]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680674355

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Ernest Hillman, [1958 Aug. 22]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680678473

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Abingdon], to John Skilton, [1959] Feb. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680739703

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Ernest Hillman, [1961 July 4]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680767278

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Abingdon], to John Skilton, [1959] Jan. 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680738482

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Wallingford], to Ernest Hillman, [1959 Nov. 21]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680760963

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Abingdon], to John Skilton, [1959] Jan. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680736322

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Oxford], to Ernest Hillman and John Skilton, [1960 Feb. 26]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680764929

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Abingdon], to Ernest Hillman, [1959] Feb. 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680743107

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Ernest Hillman, [1959 July 3]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680744095

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Ernest Hillman, [1959 July 8]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680756183

From the description of Christmas card signed : [Wallingford] to John Skilton, [1961]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680822366

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to John Skilton, [1955] Oct. 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680083332

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Abingdon], to John Skilton, [1955] Apr. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680079783

From the description of Autograph letters signed (45) ; cards signed (16) ; inscribed pamphlets (6) : various places, to John Skilton, Ernest Hillman, and Margaret Babington, 1945-1964. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270871429

From the description of Christmas card signed : [Abingdon] to John Skilton, [1957 Dec. 6]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 680803654

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Margaret Babington, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 681384969

English poet laureate, playwright and fiction writer.

From the description of Papers, 1905-1911. (University of Arizona). WorldCat record id: 29616396

English poet.

From the description of Letter, 1952. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367389773

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Cholsey, Berks., to Sir Sydney Cockerell, 1915 May 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270605601

John Masefield (1878-1967) was Poet Laureate in succession to Robert Bridges from 1930. For a full account of his life and work see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004).

From the guide to the Letters from John Masefield to Greta Stevens, 1952-1966, with associated material, 1925-1967, (Leeds University Library)

Poet, novelist, journalist. Masefield worked for the Daily Chronicle and later the Manchester Guardian; he served in France during the First World War, and worked for the British War Propaganda Bureau on his return. Masefield continued to write poetry and novels, and became a poet laureate in 1930. Works include 'Collected poems' 1923; 'Sard Harker' (1924); 'Odtaa' (1926); Dead Ned (1938), and his autobiography 'So long to learn' (1952) and Grace before ploughing' (1966).

From the description of Letter [manuscript] : Burcote Brook, Abingdon, to Mrs Morrison. 1966. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 224141851

John Masefield was an English poet, playwright, and novelist. He served as England's poet laureate from 1930 until his death in 1967.

From the description of Poems, undated. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 78006784

From the description of Compositions, 1920-1966. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 81094066

From the guide to the Compositions, 1920-1966., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

From the guide to the Poems, n.d.., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Poet, dramatist, and author.

From the description of Papers of John Masefield, 1903-1934. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79454016

British poet, playwright, and novelist. Masefield was poet laureate from 1930 until his death.

From the description of Postcard to E. Marsh, 1913. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122510390

John Masefield was an English poet, playwright, and novelist who served as England's poet laureate from 1930-1967.

From the guide to the Correspondence and compositions, 1912-1954., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

John Masefield was a English poet who wrote primarily about the ocean.

From the guide to the Additional compositions, 1928-1949., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

English poet known for his sea poems who also wrote adventure novels, short stories, and works for children, as well as two autobiographical works. Appointed poet laureate in 1930 and was awarded the Order of Merit in 1935.

From the description of John Masefield collection, 1894-1944. (Bryn Mawr College). WorldCat record id: 44559093

English author John Masefield was orphaned at the age of thirteen, and worked a variety of odd jobs, including a stint as apprentice on the cargo ship Gilcruix, which made him familiar with the sea. He began publishing poetry, and his first book, Salt-water ballads, was an immediate success. During his long, prolific, and diverse career as an author, he wrote successful novels, juvenile stories, literary studies, drama, and autobiography, but is best known as a poet. His long, realistic, narrative poems were perhaps his most popular; he was England's poet laureate from 1930 until his death.

From the description of John Masefield letter to Mr. Mackail, 1921 Feb. 9. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 61728538

Masefield was an English poet, best known for his poems of the sea and for his long narrative poems. He was poet laureate of Great Britain from 1930 until his death.

From the description of Miscellaneous papers, 1903-1967. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 78080260

From the guide to the John Masefield miscellaneous papers, 1903-1967., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

English poet and author.

From the description of Papers, 1912-1972. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309773193

John Masefield was an English poet.

From the description of Additional compositions, 1928-1949. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 82630722

John Masefield was a British poet, novelist, essayist and playwright.

From the description of John Masefield collection of papers, 1894-[1966] bulk (1902-[1956]). (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122575665

From the guide to the John Masefield collection of papers, 1894-[1966, 1902-1956, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

English poet and writer.

From the description of Letters, 1916 and 1933, New York, to Perry Walton, Boston. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 184904985

English author.

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) : Boar's Hill, Oxford, to Mr. Evans, [1922], [1923]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270844951

Masefield was an English poet. He went to sea as a youth and later spent several years in the United States.

From the guide to the Additional compositions, 1915-1931., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

English poet, playwright and fiction writer.

From the description of Papers of John Masefield [manuscript], 1906-1913. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647820231

Masefield was a British poet.

From the description of Poetry notebooks, 1915-1917. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 80397921

From the description of Letters to Thomas W. Lamont and Jack Butler Yeats, 1903-1931. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 81327812

From the description of Additional compositions, 1918-1948. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 81212133

From the guide to the Additional compositions, 1918-1948., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

From the guide to the Poetry notebooks, 1915-1917., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

From the guide to the Letters to Thomas W. Lamont and Jack Butler Yeats, 1903-1931., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

English poet laureate and novelist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burcote, Abingdon, to R. Sturgis Ingersoll, postmarked 1962 Feb. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270605549

Historical or Biographical Note

Biography: Jack Shickell worked on the BALCLUTHA restoration between 1955-1959.

From the guide to the Jack Shickell annotated book and photograph, circa 1950-1960, (San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department)

John Masefield (1878-1967) was a British poet. Florence Corliss Lamont (1872-1952) was the wife of Thomas W. (Thomas William) Lamont (1870-1948), a New York financier with the firm of J.P. Morgan & Company. She graduated from Smith College and earned a master's degree in philosophy from Columbia Univeristy. They met in February of 1916 while Masefield was lecturing in New York.

Constance and John Masefield were longtime friends with Thomas and Florence Lamont.

From the guide to the John Masefield letters to Florence Corliss Lamont, 1916-1952., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

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