Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the John Masefield papers, 1911-1931 MS 323



creator Masefield, John
Title: John Masefield papers
Dates: 1911-1931
Abstract: This collection is comprised of 41 items, most of which are letters or cards from English poet, playwright and novelist, John Masefield to Miss Mabel Cary Fogg of West Didsbury, Manchester. The collection covers the years from 1911 to 1931, when the poet was in his most productive and well regarded years.
Identification: MS 323
Identification: 173
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet (41 items)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

The English poet, playwright and novelist, John Masefield was born in 1878 in Ledbury. After running away to sea early (when he was thirteen) he settled in London from 1897 and devoted himself to writing. Later he moved to Oxford which was where he lived when most of the following collection was produced. Masefield became Poet Laureate in 1930 and was awarded the Order of Merit in 1935. Among his more notable works are, some early reflections of his maritime experiences in Salt Water Ballads (1902) and A Mainsail Haul (1905); The Tragedy of Pompey the Great (1910); The Widow in Bye Street (1912); Dauber (1913); Reynard the Fox (1919); Sard Harker (1924); Dead Ned (1938); and, Live and Kicking Ned (1939). The recipient of most of the pieces in this collection, is Miss Mabel Cary Fogg, of West Didsbury, Manchester. John Masefield died in 1967.


Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of 41 items, most of which are letters or cards from Masefield to Miss Fogg. Only two items do not fall under this category; a newspaper clipping of a book review, and some notes made by Masefield for himself. The collection covers the years from 1911 to 1931, when the poet was in his most productive and well regarded years.

Items are identified mainly as ALS (handwritten, signed letters) and ACS (handwritten, signed cards).


Arrangement

Materials are arranged in chronological order, in one folder.

Restrictions

Access Restrctions

No access restrictions; this material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the John Masefield papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.


Index Terms

Poets -- English -- 20th century
corrrespondence
Masefield, John
Fogg, Mabel Cary

Related Material

Flyleaf article, v. 9:3, p. 10


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Masefield papers, 1911-1931, MS 323, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

Purchase made possible by Whittington gift, 1953. Previously formed part of MS 18.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Folder
1 Series I: Letters, 1911-1920, and undated
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Explaining that he is not sure about the Unicornian, but it may have appeared in the Academy in April, May or June, 1903.
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Thanking her for some clippings.
ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg Answering questions about `critical estimates' and about a portrait called `The Explorer'. 6 October 1911
ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg Reiterating that personal details are unimportant when trying to trace `whatever it may be that the man's mind groped for and got.' 7 October 1911
ACS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg Asking her to tea at the Midland Hotel. 24 November 1919
ACS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg Observations about hawthorns and their colours; poetic uses by Arnold. 5 December 1919
ACS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg Explaining why men have regarded hawthorns with superstition in the past. 14 December 1919
ACS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg Thanking her for a Rodin study and warning her not to get carried away. 29 December 1919
ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg Letter about getting tickets to see the `Locked Chest production'. 24 April 1920
ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Sending autographs for a bazzaar.



Folder
1 Series II: Letters, 1921-1931, and undated
ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Thanking her for some Naval books and saying how valuable they are. He mentions meeting Edward Arlington Robinson and expresses his opinion that `the Americans are best of all at short stories'. 8 May 1921
ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Thanking her for some books and sending one to her. 26 May 1921
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. `One begins to feel about Ireland what that man in the French Revolution felt about Robespierre's new God, the Être Superiêre'.
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Thanking her for her congratulations, for some lines she sent and suggesting some reading for her.
Undated ACS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Thanks for the interesting press cuttings
ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Thanks for a gift and sending a book and a photograph. 12 May ?
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. About getting some tickets for her to attend a public award.
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Thanking her for some Manchester Guardians he had received - if she had sent them.
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Thanks for sending a list of words for his perusal
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Asking her to look up an article on Verdun which he had contributed to Harper's Magazine sometime in 1917
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Thanking her for some cuttings and saying never mind about the Harper's business.
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Thanking her for some cuttings and saying that, according to him, both sides had the story wrong.
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Thanking her for the Guardian and Professor Herford's lecture.
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Sending her a book and mentioning that he had just received a piece of a ship from the Spanish Armada.
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Gary Fogg Thanking her, sending books, and telling her what he has read recently.
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg Saying how useful to him her book of maritime disasters had been to him. He had consulted it twice in one day.
ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Thanks for the clipping she had sent. 20 April 1923
ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg/ Thanks for the cuttings she had sent, and suggests that next year she try to attend the Recitations ?, 1923
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Thanks for some cuttings she'd sent to him
ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Saying he would like to meet up with Mabel et al soon, but it may not be possible owing to the unreliability of the trains 21 April 1924
Undated ACS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg
Undated TMs A newspaper cutting of a review of Masefield's novel, Sard Harker
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Sending autographs for the bazaar and apologising for his tardiness
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Saying he knows nothing about it
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Saying he will be lecturing in Stockport and perhaps they could arrange to meet in Didsbury
Undated ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg Thanks for the cuttings she had sent him and saying not to send him M. Legouis' Spenser. He does not think the French mind would be at ease with Spenser
ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg Happy Christmas and New Year greetings 24 December 1925
Undated AMS Some notes and jottings in the hand of John Masefield
ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Thanking her for her letter and talking about The Witch 14 May 1930
ALS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. `So many thanks for your very kind and charming letter' 7 November 1930
ACS John Masefield to Mabel Cary Fogg. Thanking her for the gift she had sent to him ca. 1931