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Record 5757

Reading Experience:

'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 1883 and 31 Dec 1890
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:

Reader: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, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Title: Hiawatha
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5757  
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,, accessed: 24 February 2024

Additional comments:



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