Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield, 1888–1923, British author, b. New Zealand, regarded as one of the masters of the short story. Her original name was Kathleen Beauchamp. A talented cellist, she did not turn to literature until 1908. Her first volume of short stories, In a German Pension (1911), was not remarkable and achieved little notice, but the stories in Bliss (1920) and The Garden Party (1922) established her as a major writer. Later volumes of stories include The Dove's Nest (1923) and Something Childish (1924; U.S. ed. The Little Girl, 1924). Her collected stories appeared in 1937. Novels and Novelists (1930) is a compilation of critical essays. After an unhappy first marriage, she married John Middleton Murry, an editor and critic, in 1918. During the last five years of her life she suffered from tuberculosis and succumbed to the disease at the age of 35. Mansfield's stories, which reveal the influence of Chekhov, are simple in form, luminous and evocative in substance. With delicate plainness they present elusive moments of decision, defeat, and small triumph. After her death Murry culled a number of books from her notebooks, editing her poems (1923, new ed. 1930), her journals (1927), her letters (1928), and a collection of unfinished pieces from her notebooks (1939).

See her letters ed. by V. O'Sullivan and M. Scott (2 vol., 1984–87) and her notebooks ed. by M. Scott (2003); biographies by J. Meyers (1980), N. Crone (1986), and C. Tomalin (1988); studies by C. Hanson, ed. (1987), G. Boddy (1988), and J. Meyers (2002).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Critical Response to Katherine Mansfield
Jan Pilditch.
Greenwood Press, 1996
Circulating Genius: John Middleton Murry, Katherine Mansfield and D.H. Lawrence
Sydney Janet Kaplan.
Edinburgh University Press, 2010
Katherine Mansfield's Fiction
Patrick D. Morrow.
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1993
Bliss, and Other Short Stories
Katherine Mansfield.
Alfred A. Knopf, 1923
The Garden Party: And Other Stories
Katherine Mansfield.
Alfred A. Knopf, 1923
Selected Stories
Katherine Mansfield; D. M. Davin.
Oxford University Press, 1981
In a German Pension
Katherine Mansfield.
A. A. Knopf, 1935
The Life of Katherine Mansfield
Ruth Elvish Mantz; J. Middleton Murry.
Constable, 1933
The Development of Katherine Mansfield's First-Person Narratives
D'hoker, Elke.
Journal of Narrative Theory, Vol. 42, No. 2, Summer 2012
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Katherine Mansfield's "Bliss":
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Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 35, No. 3, Summer 1999
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Poultry for Dinner in Katherine Mansfield's "Prelude" and Virginia Woolf's "The Shooting Party"
Nardin, Jane.
The Midwest Quarterly, Vol. 52, No. 3, Spring 2011
The Scrapbook of Katherine Mansfield
J. Middleton Murry; Katherine Mansfield.
Alfred A. Knopf, 1940
Monkey Business: Darwin, Displacement, and Literary Form in Katherine Mansfield's "Bliss"
Dilworth, Thomas.
Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 35, No. 2, Spring 1998
Women's Fiction and the Great War
Suzanne Raitt; Trudi Tate.
Clarendon Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Flies and Violets in Katherine Mansfield"
Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf: A Public of Two
Angela Smith.
Clarendon Press, 1999
Great World Writers: Twentieth Century
Patrick M. O'Neil.
Marshall Cavendish, vol.7, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "Katherine Mansfield" begins on p. 891
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