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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Katherine Mansfield: Selected full-text books and articles

Katherine Mansfield's Fiction By Patrick D. Morrow Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1993
Bliss, and Other Short Stories By Katherine Mansfield Alfred A. Knopf, 1923
The Garden Party: And Other Stories By Katherine Mansfield Alfred A. Knopf, 1923
Selected Stories By Katherine Mansfield; D. M. Davin Oxford University Press, 1981
In a German Pension By Katherine Mansfield A. A. Knopf, 1935
The Life of Katherine Mansfield By Ruth Elvish Mantz; J. Middleton Murry Constable, 1933
The Development of Katherine Mansfield's First-Person Narratives By D'hoker, Elke Journal of Narrative Theory, Vol. 42, No. 2, Summer 2012
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Katherine Mansfield's "Bliss": By Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 35, No. 3, Summer 1999
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The Scrapbook of Katherine Mansfield By Katherine Mansfield; J. Middleton Murry Alfred A. Knopf, 1940
Monkey Business: Darwin, Displacement, and Literary Form in Katherine Mansfield's "Bliss" By Dilworth, Thomas Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 35, No. 2, Spring 1998
Women's Fiction and the Great War By Suzanne Raitt; Trudi Tate Clarendon Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Flies and Violets in Katherine Mansfield"
Great World Writers: Twentieth Century By Patrick M. O'Neil Marshall Cavendish, vol.7, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "Katherine Mansfield" begins on p. 891
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