John Edward Masefield Papers

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John Edward Masefield papers
Creator: Masefield, John, 1878-1967
Call Number: D.11
Dates: 1906-1973
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Series I: Essays
Series II: Poems
Series III: Scenario
Series IV: Paintings
Series V: Printed ephemera
Series VI: Correspondence
Collection Overview
Title: John Edward Masefield papers
Creator: Masefield, John, 1878-1967
Call Number: D.11
Dates: 1906-1973
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
John Edward Masefield was born to Caroline and George Masefield on June 1, 1878 in Ledbury, Herefordshire, England. He studied at King's School in Warwick from 1888-1891 and apprenticed aboard a windjammer before moving to the United States, where he worked in an Alexander Smith carpet factory in Yonkers, New York. Masefield recounted his time there in his autobiography, In the Mill, before returning to England in 1897 to work as a journalist, writing for the Manchester Guardian. Masefield was a poet and writer, with the sea was the subject matter of his best known poetry, including "Sea Fever" and "Cargoes," featured in his first collected works, Salt-Water Ballads (1902).

On his return journey from the United States in 1897, Masefield met his future wife, Constance de la Cherois Crommelin, whom he married July 23, 1903. Crommelin, who was Irish, of French Huguenot descent, and eleven years his senior was a proprietor of a girls school in London at the time of their marriage. Together they had two children, Judith (1904-1988) and Lewis (1908-1942). Both children would go on to have literary careers like their father, Judith as a book illustrator and Lewis as a journalist and novelist. During World War II, Lewis served in a field ambulance unit and was killed in north Africa in 1942. He was the author of Cross Double Cross.

Masefield's narrative poems, including "The Everlasting Mercy," "The Widow in the Bye Street," and "Dauber," won Masefield praise among critics and the Edmond de Polignac prize in 1912. During World War I, Masefield served as a hospital orderly in 1915 at Hôpital Temporaire d'Arc-en-Barrois, in Haute-Marne, France and wrote Gallipoli to boost British morale after the unsuccessful attempt by the Allied Powers to take control of the Dardanelle straight and Gallipoli Peninsula. In 1919, Masefield published his most famous poem, "Reynard the Fox." From 1930 to 1967, Masefield was Poet Laureate of England, and in 1935 was awarded the Order of Merit by King George V.

In addition to being a poet Masefield was a novelist, playwright, and children's book author, penning the novels Captain Margaret (1908) and Multitude and Solitude (1909), and his most successful play, The Tragedy of Nan (1909). Other novels followed, including Lost Endeavour (1910,) The Bird of Dawning (1933,) Dead Ned (1938,) and children's books The Midnight Folk (1927) and The Box of Delights (1935).

John Edward Masefield died on May 12, 1967 from an infection brought about by gangrene in his ankle. According to his wishes, Masefield was cremated. His ashes are in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey.

Scope and Content
The John Edward Masefield Papers are comprised of one box containing correspondence, poems, essays, and other prose works by John Masefield.

Subject(s):
English literature
Essays
Poetry
Correspondence
Masefield, John, 1878-1967
Authors, English
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was purchased from Paul C. Richards, May 8, 1969. Further accruals are not expected.Access
The John Edward Masefield papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], John Edward Masefield papers, D.11, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Other collections in the Department of Rare Books & Special Collections relating to the John Edward Masefield Papers are: Lena Ashwell Papers .


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Series I: Essays
Box 1, Folder 1Goodbye Russia (foreward by Evan Percival Cameron) and letter from Masefield to Mrs. Cameron
Typescript

Box 1, Folder 2"Introduction to The Bird of Dawning"
Manuscript

Box 1, Folder 3"On Shakespeare"
Manuscript

Box 1, Folder 4"On Shakespeare"
Typescript

Box 1, Folder 5Manuscript relating to reviving poetry as a spoken art
Box 1, Folder 6Foreword to The War Against Malaria by Wilfred Partington, referencing Sir Ronald Ross, 1923
Series II: Poems
Box 1, Folder 7"And as I wander on the road..." with transcription to Mary Goode, June 11, 1915
Box 1, Folder 8"Can Mlynedd i 'Nawr"
Manuscript

Box 1, Folder 9"Night After Night"
Box 1, Folder 10"On Pilots"
Typescript

Box 1, Folder 11Poem written in honor of the death of George VI
Box 1, Folder 12"A Prayer for a Beginning Reign"
Incompleted manuscript

Box 1, Folder 13"A Prayer for a Beginning Reign"
Typescript

Box 1, Folder 14"A Prayer for a Beginning Reign"
Photocopy of typescript with annotations

Box 1, Folder 15"Mr. Masefield's Coronation Poems," textual criticism by Linda Flowers, April 3, 1973
Box 1, Folder 16"The Ship"
Manuscript

Box 1, Folder 17"The Ship"
Typescript

Box 1, Folder 18"Sonnets of Good Cheer to the Lena Ashwell Players"
Box 1, Folder 19"They Closed Her Eyes, translated from the Spanish of Don Gustavo A. Becquer"
Manuscript

Box 1, Folder 20They Closed Her Eyes, translated from the Spanish of Don Gustavo A. Becquer"
Typescript

Box 1, Folder 21"Ryemeadows," "Jane," and "Pawn to Bishop's Five"
Typescripts

Box 1, Folder 22"Truth," inscribed to Mary Goode, June 7, 1915
Manuscript

Series III: Scenario
Box 1, Folder 23The Faithful, a Play in Two Scenes
Manuscript

Series IV: Paintings
Box 1, Folder 24Two watercolor paintings of a ship, perhaps by John Edward Masefield
Series V: Printed ephemera
Box 1, Folder 25Publisher's prospectus for Sea-Fever: selected Poems of John Masefield
Series VI: Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 26Correspondence, 1906-[1958?]


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