Biography Biography of Katherine Mansfield Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp Murry was a prominent modernist writer of short fiction who was born and brought up in colonial New Zealand and wrote under the pen name of Katherine Mansfield. Mansfield left for Great Britain in where she encountered Modernist writers such as D.
Share via Email Katherine Mansfield. At least a dozen versions already exist, including plays, memoirs, fictions and biographies. The fascination of the subject is obvious. There is the New Zealand family life, so furiously resented, yet so passionately invoked.
There is the long, intense relationship with the talented, narcissistic John Middleton Murrywhich disintegrated painfully. Once, while she was very ill in Italy and he, absent, did nothing but write to her about his sufferings, she underlined all the "I"s in his letters.
There is the death of her brother in the war, and, from that moment inthe amazing flowering of the writing. And there is the agonising history of her illness, culminating in the dubious Gurdjieff Institute in Fontainebleau, where she died, inat 34, still, to the last, crying out for a chance: I want a garden, a small house, grass, animals, books, pictures, music.
And out of this. I want to be writing. But warm, eager, living life — to be rooted in life. That is what I want. Katherine kept secrets, covered her tracks, and moved house endlessly about 10 times infor instanceleaving papers everywhere.
After her death, Murry, haunted by her all through his next two catastrophic marriages, made the most of what she left behind her.
Ignoring her request that he should "tear up and burn as much as possible", he edited a stream of stories, journals and letters, all heavily altered and censored — often to reflect better on himself.
In the process, which one caustic observer called "boiling Katherine's bones to make soup", he kept her writing alive. He also made a lot of money out of her, and promoted a mythologised version of a martyred Saint Katherine, "sealed in porcelain", as Anthony Alpers put it.
For Alpers and other biographers, Murry's editing of Mansfield's posthumous life was both a vital source of materials and an obstruction.
It wasn't until the s and s that Mansfield scholars in New Zealand began to publish complete editions of her letters and notebooks. They had not only to unpick Murry's versions but to read Mansfield's handwriting; Margaret Scott told Kathleen Jones that she "once spent an entire week deciphering one word".
Her writing was as impenetrable as she was: Her on-off friend, the artist Beatrice Hastings, is well quoted here: She is steady, thorough, professional and unsensational. She is especially good on Mansfield's feeling for the landscape and people of New Zealand, on her financial situation often desperate, and dependent on the allowance from her much maligned fatherand on the frequent squalor of her and Murry's living conditions — yet another appalling furnished flat, "grimy and draughty and smelling of dust, tea leaves and match ends in the sink", yet another wretched hotel room: I shall stand in front of a crochet dressing-table cover, pick up a long invisible hairpin left by the last 'lady' and die with disgust.Online shopping from a great selection at Books Store.
Katherine Mansfield wrote short stories, poetry, letters, journals and reviews, and is regarded as a central figure in British modernism. Three story collections were published while she was alive and two . Katherine Mansfield: A biography Hardcover – by Antony Alpers (Author) Be the first to review this item.
See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. Price New from Used from Hardcover "Please retry" Author: Antony Alpers. Katherine Mansfield was born Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp on October 14, in Wellington, New Zealand to Harold and Annie Beauchamp.
Harold began his professional life as a clerk and eventually became partner at Bannatyne and Co., an importing firm.
Later he went on to great success as Chairman. Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp was born in Wellington, New Zealand on 14 October , but was famous for the short stories which she penned under the pseudonym Katherine Mansfield.
Despite her deteriorating health, she produced two highly-praised short story collections, The Garden Party and Bliss, during her short life. Nov 12, · Katherine Mansfield lived an unorthodox life, especially for the Victorian era in which she lived.
She was a writer from a young age, as well as an accomplished cellist.