Spring 1967 • Vol. XXIX No. 2 Book ReviewsMarch 1, 1967 |

The Country of the Young

Grace Before Ploughing: Fragments of Autobiography by John Masefield. The Macmillan Company, $3.95. Private and public memories can be two very different things. To suit a public eager for personal detail, many a man has written variations on his past. John Masefield's childhood is implicit in his works, in image and allusion, and more than once he has written down reminiscences of his early years for publication. The material in Grace before Ploughing has been worked over in two autobiographical poems, Wonderings and The Land Workers, and several chapters in this new book of his can be found in a somewhat different form in the prose narrative of his apprenticeship to writing, So Long to Learn (1952). In fact, the accuracy of his autobiographical pieces could be proved by the orthodox method of checking employed by the police: if the witness tells precisely the same story more than once, there is a strong supposition that he is telling the exact truth. Masefield has exaggerated n

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By L. M. Myers

Grace Before Ploughing: Fragments of Autobiography by John Masefield. The Macmillan Company, $3.95. Private and public memories can be two very different things. To suit a public eager for personal […]

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