If a generally harsh and rude world, however, the Hubbard family home was by no means culturally deprived. Under the tutelage of his mother, Ron was reading by the age of three-and-a-half, and had soon digested whole shelves of classics. Further, he was writing by an early age, and a canvas-bound accountants ledger is filled with both diary sketches and fragments of short stories. Likewise scattered throughout are early bits of verse.
As a word on these early works, he tells of first experimenting with free verse in about 1927, to entertain the younger children of a visiting admiral, and I learned from that, actually, the simplicity of the rendition; theres nothing contrived about free verse if youre really writing it in a free style. In an apt description, he then spoke of the form as, Not quite logical, but aesthetic, adding, it has a very, very broad general appeal.