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British poet and author. John Edward Masefield rose to prominence during the first two decades of the 20th century. He is best known for his narrative poems, particularly his poems of the sea, such as Salt-Water Ballads, and for his long narrative poems, such as The Everlasting Mercy, which shocked the literary establishment with its phrases of a colloquial coarseness previously unknown in 20th-century English verse. Educated at King's School, Warwick, Masefield was apprenticed aboard a windjammer that sailed around Cape Horn. He left the sea after that voyage and spent several years living precariously in the United States working at odd jobs. His work there in a carpet factory is described in his autobiography, In the Mill. In the summer of 1897 he returned to England were he became friendly with John Millington Synge and William Butler Yeats, who would have a profound influence on Masefield. Masefield's writing career really took off with a job as a journalist for the Manchester Guardian and with the encouragement of Yeats, he began publishing his poems and ballads. In 1930 he was appointed Poet Laureate of England, and was awarded the Order of Merit in 1935. He continued to write prolifically, producing plays, poems, essays, autobiographical works, etc. Masefield died at his home, Burcote Brook, on 12 May 1967. His ashes were deposited in the Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey. Collections of Masefield's papers include those at the Bodleian Library, Oxford; Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin; Houghton Library, Harvard University; Berg Collection, New York Public Library; and Yale University Library. This content has been provided by HGBooks.

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