John Masefield

John Masefield

John Masefield

John Masefield

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There are various ways of undertaking a critical study of this kind. One way is to review the works of an author in their chronological order. In the case of a writer so prolific as Mr. Masefield, that method would allow little space for the examination of each book. Moreover, through all his many forms and moods, Mr. Masefield displays a fundamental unity of vision and purpose which makes such treatment unnecessary. I have, therefore, aimed at conveying a vital general impression, and, after studying Mr. Masefield's work in its entirety, I have concentrated attention, in the following pages, upon some of his more characteristic writings instead of attempting a superficial survey of his whole output.

The resulting impression is wholly personal. Having followed Mr. Masefield's career with deep interest for twenty years, I have naturally read estimates of him from many pens. But, while writing this book, I have not consulted the verdicts of other critics, and any debt I

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