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Record 5763

Reading Experience:

'Masefield habitually purchased a book each Friday evening and read it over the weekend. Among the first purchases was a seventy-five cent copy of Chaucer; and that evening, as he recalled, "I stretched myself on my bed, and began to read 'The Parliament of Fowls'; and with the first lines entered into a world of poetry until then unknown to me". As a result, Masefield's study of poetry deepened, and Chaucer, John Milton, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Keats became his mentors. Shelley converted the impressionable youth to vegetarianism....Unfortunately [he] overdid vegetarianism by abjuring milk; and, weak from lack of protein, he finally gave up the regimen'.
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1895 and 31 Dec 1897
Country: United States of America
Time: n/a
Place: city: New York
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 Adult (18-100+)
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: United States of America
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: John Keats
Title: [unknown]
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 5763  
Source - Print  
  Author: Sanford Sternlicht
  Editor: n/a
  Title: John Masefield
  Place of Publication: Boston
  Date of Publication: 1977
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 25
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Sanford Sternlicht, John Masefield (Boston, 1977), p. 25,, accessed: 22 February 2024

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