Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Still alive in the 'sixties

At the library, among the books picked up was Grace Before Ploughing, a short series of very brief recollections from his childhood by John Masefield. The sketches were not personal, but record memories of the nearby canal, still using tow animals, the gypsies, small traveling circuses, and the like. He knew his square mile or two of ground exactly as well as we did: every square inch and a ways up into the trees as well. There wasn't time to see whether any of his novels remain on the shelves or whether they've been deaccessioned along with so much else. In particular it would be interesting to see how the sea-faring novels read and to revisit The Box of Delights and The Midnight Folk if possible.


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