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Record Number: 5754


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Masefield's early experience of literature came with the stories told or read to him by his nurse. The fare was what would be expected in a middle class Victorian home; even "Dick Whittington and his Cat" was introduced. Tennyson's "The Dying Swan" was one of the boy's earliest delights; and, having been taught to read before his sixth birthday, he read and committed to memory copious amounts of Longfellow, especially Hiawatha and Evangeline'.

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1878 and 31 Dec 1884

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

county: Herefordshire

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Listener:

John Masefield

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1 Jun 1878

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

later a poet

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

reader was his nurse



Text Being Read:

Author:

anon

Title:

Dick Whittington and his Cat

Genre:

Fiction, Children's Lit, fairytale

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

5754

Source:

Print

Author:

Sanford Sternlicht

Editor:

n/a

Title:

John Masefield

Place of Publication:

Boston

Date of Publication:

1977

Vol:

n/a

Page:

19-20

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Sanford Sternlicht, John Masefield (Boston, 1977), p. 19-20, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=5754, accessed: 27 November 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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