Katherine Mansfield: The Story-Teller

Katherine Mansfield: The Story-Teller

KathleenJones / Dec 12, 2019

Katherine Mansfield The Story Teller Widely acknowledged as New Zealand s finest writer Katherine Mansfield holds a special place in the hearts of New Zealanders A new biography is a significant literary event Katherine Mansfield The St

  • Title: Katherine Mansfield: The Story-Teller
  • Author: KathleenJones
  • ISBN: 9780748643547
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Widely acknowledged as New Zealand s finest writer, Katherine Mansfield holds a special place in the hearts of New Zealanders A new biography is a significant literary event.Katherine Mansfield The Story teller is the first new biography of Mansfield for a quarter of a century It is published at a time when interest in Mansfield and her work is increasing throughout theWidely acknowledged as New Zealand s finest writer, Katherine Mansfield holds a special place in the hearts of New Zealanders A new biography is a significant literary event.Katherine Mansfield The Story teller is the first new biography of Mansfield for a quarter of a century It is published at a time when interest in Mansfield and her work is increasing throughout the world.Kathleen Jones gives a vivid portrayal of Mansfield, correcting previous misinterpretations of her illnesses and relationships, and weaving a compelling drama from the detail The story extends further still, beyond Mansfield s death in 1923, to include the subsequent life of her husband, John Middleton Murry, shedding fascinating new light on the way Murry controversially manipulated the publication of some of Mansfield s unpublished work.Drawing astutely on Mansfield s own letters and journals, biographer Kathleen Jones, using the present tense throughout, has crafted a text unusually sparkling and intimate, providing a new kind of picture of this brilliant, original yet fragile writer.This is a major work, and a worthy addition to our understanding and appreciation of New Zealand s greatest writer.

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      • KathleenJones

        I was brought up on a remote hill farm in the English Lake District I started writing as a teenager, publishing small pieces in local magazines and newspapers, fanzines and teenage mags such as Jackie I married very early and started travelling the world with my husband, had four children, worked in broadcasting in the middle east, and became a single parent Back in the UK I went to university as a mature student, and wrote my first book which I was lucky enough to have published by Bloomsbury Since then I ve managed to almost make a living as a writer, teaching creative writing pt time to pay the bills I ve probably made it sound easy, but it wasn t I know I ve been incredibly lucky to be published and to be able to share what I love doing most with other people Now I live with a sculptor who is working in Italy and so I spend as much time there as I can It s a bit of a scramble sometimes a crazy life but I wouldn t have it any other way.


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    1. What sparked my lifelong fascination with Katherine Mansfield was not so much her stories – I preferred Woolf as a writer – but her letters and journal. I was bewitched by Mansfield the woman. Deeply moved by the tragedy of her short life. I also fell in love with her relationship with John Middleton Murry – which, in those days, had been edited down (by Murry himself) to essentially a beautiful tragic high tide romance of kindred souls. As a person Katherine was much more fascinating to m [...]


    2. The first thing I thought when I picked up this book from the library was, how can anyone write a biography 524 pages long when the subject died aged only 34?But any doubts I held that this might be a windbag bio padded out with banal detail were soon dispelled and I read on, enthralled, for nearly three hours before I was interrupted by The Spouse offering coffee and I realised that Sunday morning was half gone. I had just reached the part where Katherine Mansfield had married George Bowden on [...]


    3. This is my newest biography, published by Penguin in New Zealand and Edinburgh University Press in the UK. It will shortly be translated into Japanese.I've loved Katherine Mansfield since I was 17 and picked up a copy of her journals in a second hand book bin. It seemed to echo my own hopes and ambitions as I struggled to become a writer, and it led me to her stories, which taught me a great deal about how to write.The biography incorporates a great deal of new material which I was lucky enough [...]


    4. I remember reading Katherine Mansfield's short stories as a child and loving them, although this book has also made me realise I probably need to reread them. This was a good biography - kind of surprising how long it is given her very short life but there you go. The author spends some time at the beginning talking about how John Middleton Murry wasn't such a bad guy but this definitely wasn't the impression I got particularly given his refusal to help to fund her treatment when she had support [...]


    5. This is an excellent biography. Alongside Janet Frame, Kathleen Mansfield is probably the best-known New Zealand writer, yet she did almost all her writing in England and continental Europe. This biography concentrates on the life rather than the work: in fact, it's almost a double biography, with a strong focus on the life of Mansfield's partner, literary executor and (in some previous interpretations) betrayer, John Middleton Murry.[return][return]Neither Mansfield nor Murry led happy lives: b [...]


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