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I once tried to keep a journal What I found was that often than not I was embellishing and embroidering I wasn t being particularly honest It was like I was correcting my experiences rather than recounting them Often I had the sense KM was doing much the same in both her journal and letters There aren t that many entries when you feel she s not wearing a mask of some kind and reading her words is a bit like playing hide and seek with her She s a chameleon has a different mask for each of her correspondents Some of these individuals like Virginia Woolf inspire her others seem to bring out a sentimental fakery in her You can t help wishing she and Woolf had exchanged a whole volume of letters There are beautiful inspired passages and there are rather boring passages too I first read this when I was very young and ravenous to know about her As much as anything it showed me how much I ve changed in the intervening years my former wild hearted adulation has hardened into sober respect The last fifty pages or so when she knows she is oing to die are heartbreaking I remain convinced she would have rivalled Virginia Woolf had she lived another ten years But warm eager living life to be rooted in life to learn to desire to know to feel to think to act That is what I want And nothing less That is what I must try for It s hard to evaluate these letters and journals from KM since they were selected by John Middleton Murry who destroyed writings that didn t fit his own idea of what KM s legacy should be Not least they play down her ambiguous relationship with JMM himself her flirtations and affairs but also perhaps the extent to which they failed each other In that sense it s worth reading these extracts alongside a biography What comes through is KM s lovely writing as well as a somewhat mediated image of her as a tragic heroine and I can t help thinking how that reflects on JMM himself as I suspect he did What we don I didn t really know too much about Katherine Mansfield until earlier this year when I noticed that her name kept cropping up in books I was reading Then a book roup that I participate in picked the book Mansfield by CK Stead which is a fictionalised account of Katherine s life to read one month I wasn t entirely sure about that book please see my post HERE but it is only since reading the Letters and Journals that a few pieces have slotted into place Katherine Mansfield was originally from New Zealand but spent a lot of her time in England and France where she felt that she completed all of her best writing She became famous mainly for her short stories but also for her friendships with other literary persons such as DH Lawrence and. 'Now now I want to write recollections of my own country Yes I want to write about my own country till I simply exhaust my store Not only because it is a sacred debt that I pay to my country because my brother and I were born there but also because in my thoughts I range with him over all the remembered places I am never far away from them I long to renew them in writing' In numerous letters and journals Katherine Mansfield recorded her feelings thoughts and observations about writing about the New Zealand of her childhood the Europe of her later years.
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Nally knew a lot of famous writers For example she was a friend of DH Lawrence and the character of Gudrun in Lawrence s Women in Love a book which I really disliked was supposedly modelled after MansfieldMansfield was also very honest she was about her dislike for various writers and their works Take for example what she said about George Bernard Shaw There s no etting over it he s a kind of concierge in the house of literature sits in a Finding a Dream (Conquest, glass case sees everything knows everything examines the letters cleans the stairs but has no part in the life that isoing on ouchShe also ives some advice to those people who want to read James Joyce s Ulysses About Joyce Don t read it unless you are oing to really worry about it It s no joke It s fearfully difficult and obscure and one needs to have a really vivid memory of the Odyssey and of English literature to make it out at all It is wheels within wheels within wheels A very enjoyable read Mansfield s husband apparently transcribed dated and published almost all he could find of her letters and journals after her premature death from TB in 1923 somewhat against her reuest This selection from the large corpus has been made by C i read this for the same reason i read Short Stories i m writing a comparative essay on Porterhouse Blue (Porterhouse Blue, gertrude stein s objects and needed another author to well compare the link in my head was or less i read mansfield s thearden party years ago and nothing happened there except characters talking about a hat a hat is an object objects are what i need bami m very happy my mind Finding Robert Johnson gave those conceptuals sommersaults my essay is very happy too even though at the moment it is closer to a theoretical frankenstein s monster than an actual essay because mansfield was perfect for the job reading this was almost infuriating whenever i needed a uote for a certain point she would make it in either a letter or a journal entry i never stopped taking notes even when the time period was no longer applicable to my essay s focus it s world war one if anyone s interested it alsoave me the best memories of my time reading The Life And Letters Of John Keats years ago actually around the time i read mansfield for the first time the fact that they both died at a very young age at the prime of their artistic careers and from the same illness did certainly help to make the link Maybe I should have better started with one of her novels In this I found her often annoying NonFictionChallenge translated Her writing is so accessible and her descriptions so vivid Her short life was interesting as she was very much an individual personality but her life was shortened through her own foolishness and stubbornness. N 1986 to write full timeHe has won a number of awards including the New Zealand Book Award for both poetry and fiction and the MansfieldMenton Fellowship He was awarded a CBE in 1985 for services to NZ Literature elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1995 and Honorary Visiting Fellow at St John's College Oxford in 1996 He spends about nine months of the year at home in New Zealand writing and travels to the UK and Europe and sometimes to the US during the northern hemisphere summer His recent novel Mansfield is his tenth work of ficti.
Virginia Woolf the latter being responsible for publishing some of her work She contracted tuberculosis which plagued her and left her bed ridden at times and led to her death at the untimely age of 34 This was my first contact with KM and I fell in love with her She had such a tragic life yet managed to pack so much into it Visiting her home in Wellington NZ and understanding where she came from was a fantastic thing to have done as it put her life into a very different perspective She is buried near Fontainebleau south of Paris A precious Toward the Zen of Performance glimpse into the thoughts of a woman euipped with an immenseift for creative reflection This book poetically reminded me how fleeting and short life is and the importance of love and art You will find bits of yourself in this book as a woman and as an artistwriter She also philosophically and at times humorously shared her reflections on the Butt Workouts by Chia Booty great books she was reading I was able to add some newems to my reading list and begin to reflect on my own artistic endeavours in a new light This is probably the first time that I have read an author s diaryautobiography before reading any of their literary works It was uite an interesting experience as although I d heard of Katherine Mansfield I had no idea of her writing style or subject matter Despite this I really enjoyed this book It was a compilation of diary entries letters Mansfield had written to various recipients and also her poems I m still not sure how likeable Mansfield was as a person but her life was definitely uite interestingMansfield s sentences were beautiful and poetic at times especially the ones depicting nature She travelled uite widely and it seems what she liked to do than anything was look outside the window The wind with light faint footfalls walks over the sea the water rings against the shore like a bell striking softly I found Mansfield to be brave and adventurous She lived at the beginning of the 20th Century yet seems to have been uite a progressive woman I feel that I do now realise dimly what women in the future will be capable of They truly as yet have never had their chance Talk of our enlightened days and our emancipated country pure nonsense We are firmly held with the self fashioned chains of slavery Throughout the collection she is witty passionate and acerbic at times For example these are her thoughts on French cuisine How much better than these thrifty French whose flower Celibacy, a Love Story gardens are nothing but potential salad bowls There s not a leaf in France that you can t faire une infusion avec not a blade that isn t bon pour la cuisine It was interesting to read her thoughts on literature She was areat reader She also perso. The people she encountered the every day and the extraordinary This classic selection the only one available that combines material from both her letters and journals brings together the pieces that most illuminate her character her life and her stories Chosen by renowned scholar and acclaimed writer CK Stead they are a lively and informative entree to one of our most ifted writersABOUT THE EDITOR Well known New Zealand novelist poet critic Karl Stead was for 20 years Professor of English at the University of Auckland until he took early retirement
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Kathleen Mansfield Murry née Beauchamp was a prominent New Zealand modernist writer of short fiction who wrote under the pen name of Katherine MansfieldKatherine Mansfield is widely considered one of the best short story writers of her period A number of her works including Miss Brill Prelude The Garden Party The Doll's House and later works such as The Fly are freuently colle